At my school, there’s a brief period at the start of the semester where you can drop classes you signed up for without a penalty. Usually, this is…

At my school, there’s a brief period at the start of the semester where you can drop classes you signed up for without a penalty. Usually, this is when the people who signed up for chemistry, calculus, biology, computer science and physics decide to come to their senses and drop a couple courses. But I was just talking to a friend, who said she dropped a class because the teacher had an accent. To me this seemed crazy – if you want to take a class, can’t you just deal with the accent? But my friend was adamant that she couldn’t learn from someone she could hardly understand. I see where she’s coming from, but at the same time, a lot of the most intelligent professors I’ve had have happened to come from another part of the world and have an accent. If you rule out everyone with an accent, you miss out on a lot of great classes. Plus, consider the fact that almost everyone in the world is forced to learn English in addition to their native language, while most Americans just stick to one language. We should admire them for being multilingual, not criticize them for not speaking our language perfectly. If you really can’t handle a teacher with an accent, then it’s fine to drop the class. But saying that teachers in general shouldn’t be hired if they have an accent is silly.
– Will

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