Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Just Throw In The Towel

A law professor at the University of Memphis has banned laptops.

Her argument? That typing notes keeps her students from thinking clearly. What she's REALLY thinking? If I can't play Party Poker, nobody can!

7 comments:

The Law Fairy said...

That's messed up. I would've flunked out of law school without Ctrl-F.

lakhawk said...

Shhhhhh - don't give Bernstein any ideas.

Senator K said...

There is a point to be made for banning laptops. Ever sit behind someone playing Grid Wars? Shit's hypnotic.

DarthImmortal said...
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DarthImmortal said...

This is clearly the instructor’s problem and not the student’s problem. I have taken classes with certain instructors that hate talking to laptops so they make you close them. That always screwed me up because my notes are much better when typed directly into Word rather than scribbled on some scrap paper.

Certainly there were always a few bozos playing games but they were not distracting any other students else; at least no one complained. But that always annoyed the instructor. Why? I don’t know. People pay for their education and if they want to waste it that is their business.

I guarantee when I teach I will allow laptops.

Trevor said...

We have a professor at Chicago-Kent that has also banned laptops in the classroom.

The Law Fairy said...

I sat next to someone-who-shall-remain-nameless in contracts and property, and within a couple weeks into 1L year he was playing Neverwinter Nights during class. I've admired him ever since.