Classroom Behavior 101?

Reading any article or news item online opens us up to the Pandora’s box that is the “Comments” section at the end of a piece. I, and many others, think that comment sections are where the scariest factions of human life seem to dwell, thrive, and even breed. I was reading a piece today about the new Atheism for Dummies book. As I got to the end I noticed a large section of ‘rules’ before commenting. I didn’t pay much attention to it until I noticed that, in red, were accompanying Bible verses to support the reasons for the Sojourners rules. I immediately commented that I wanted to figure out a way to adapt them to my own classroom. Well, I guess this is it– only they’re not adapted. I think they’re pretty perfect as they are.

How You Should Behave in Dr. Darnell’s Class, Not Just in an Election Year, but Always, Courtesy of the Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members’ ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others’ beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking “report” on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they’re expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)

About Amy L. Darnell

Teacher, scholar, student, wonderer, wanderer, fan, foe, friend, acquaintance, all of these and more, but ultimately just an Ohio daughter.
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