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eLucidate October 17th, 2013 5:14pm

Students: do your classes typically have one older student (late 30s or 40s) who consistently dominates the conversation regardless of topic?

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10/18/13 1:28 am

Asking questions is an indication that one wants to learn something. Isn't that one of the main ideas of education?

eLucidate writing
10/18/13 6:59 am

Yes, I just happen to have people who talk about their personal lives for any given topic and it usually is not helpful or even a question. For example, just because a person has kids does not mean their experience is relevant to employee selection.

CarrieMarie Mad Science Crew
10/17/13 8:26 pm

I always had input in my college classes, and at times dominated a conversation. Whether I was young 18 in undergrad or old 30 in grad. :P

Michael Updating...
10/17/13 4:03 pm

It was always the intro courses like psychology, or philosophy. Not so much in the upper level engineering courses.

EmWalt Meet Jim the Duck
10/17/13 3:36 pm

If you mean my teachers, yes. At my school, you can only be held back once.

10/17/13 1:16 pm

Many of my intro classes did. Now that I am deeper into my biochemistry courses, no.

10/17/13 1:15 pm

Oh, I thought you were talking about me.

Ebola1 Florida
10/17/13 1:09 pm

I never had this happen in any part of my schooling. The older students, if anything, were quieter than the younger.

kelsey498 Colorado
10/17/13 12:44 pm

Yes! Most of the time I don't mind because it's nice to hear their knowledge and sometimes first hand experiences.

KudosToYou California
10/17/13 11:54 am

Community college, yes, but not at the university, so far.

susanr Colorado
10/17/13 11:14 am

You talkin' to me??? Or rather, *about* me?

I hope I didn't dominate. But sometimes the kids were just... bored. And I wasn't.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/17/13 10:57 am

When I was in college some of my classes were audited by retirees in the local community. I only remember one of them talking very much, and he was always respectful of the professor and his contributions tended to add to class rather than monopolize

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/17/13 10:52 am

I went back to college has an older student. We did not cut classes we paid attention we did our homework. We also were honors students. I don't know if anyone dominated the conversation. I think it was some of the younger kids.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/17/13 10:50 am

"Older ... Late 30s or 40s..."

Get off my lawn, you damn kid ;-P

RJ1969 SoCal
10/17/13 10:42 am

Is it that they dominate the conversation, or are all the younger ones sitting there like a bump on a log?

eLucidate writing
10/17/13 12:57 pm

Lol some are, but at the same time it is not always relevant to relate every single concept back to ones own life and experiences and not allow others to say anything.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/17/13 10:29 am

That would be freaky. Remember that I'm in high school. That person would have some serious issues if he or she was still in high school.

10/17/13 10:41 am

Former student checking in! Definitely had these people in my college classes--anyone 30s & up seemed to ask a zillion questions & tell stories about how their life applied. Worse than the 30s-40s were the 60s+. I remember wanting them to shut it.

eLucidate writing
10/17/13 10:15 am

This Q is for former students as well.