There's always a risk of zoning out since you know you can go listen again later
I guess everybody's different, but humans aren't as good at multitasking as they think they are. I want to have my full attention on what the lecturer is saying. Of course, you have to copy anything that's written on the blackboard (now whiteboard).
I know by allowing this half of the class will be tooling about on Facebook.
Well, if they're doing that, 40 years ago they would have been passing notes to each other and still missing the lecture. There are a lot more distractions these days, though.
Those instances are where I walk about the office, hand a test to colleagues, and have them hand the test back to me declaring that they, too, can't read the response.
Ah, ok, I was under the impression that penmanship was part of the grade, but if it isn't legible it's the same as if they turned in a blank piece of paper.
How is it a bad assumption that their lack of instruction was a disservice?
The assumption is that they lacked instruction rather than that their skills had deteriorated. Of course, if it's a high school class your assumption would probably be valid.
What it often misses is that there is more to being free and finding success than having a degree.
Very true. In my case, the actual knowledge is worth more than the degree; I've always loved learning. That was unfortunately a detriment before I went to college, after about the third grade it's all rote memorization and no learning. And I was always terrible at memorization.
Students who speak and write like people do where I'm from will, unfortunately, be looked down upon when they go out into the real world.
Well, that's grammar. It's also sad but true. Some even look down on certain accents.
"The tyrant fears the laugh more than the assassin's bullet."
No woosh there, it was a humorous story about police corruption and a sentient whirlwind.