Just read an article from the UK’s The Guardian titled, “What do students want most? To be treated with respect.” The anonymous author stated that the biggest takeaway from a survey of 1,000 university students was that students wondered: why don’t faculty members have more humanity? Students found faculty members lacking in empathy, compassion, kindness, integrity, and understanding.
Hopefully, in a Christian humanist institution like DeSales, our students would tell a different story. But, whether instructors or staff members, we do well to employ the Salesian “little virtues” of gentleness, patience, and humility in our dealings with our students. Not only will we be better people, but better teachers, too.