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We have a lot of Asian students in the class and they are really reluctant to give feedback, especially feedback is negative in nature.
There is an arrogant white guy who sits in the front row. He takes delight in ripping stuff apart, so he kind of makes up for the Asian's courtesy. I kind of take the middle road and comment if I like something and make tender suggestions if I don't. It's all about balance and we are all there to learn.
We'll see who wins out - the polite Asians, the arrogant white guy or the artsy-fartsy instructor. The way I see it, the instructor's vote is the only one that really matters.
I must also add that the person who turns in the best work in this class is a diminutive college woman who sits quietly in the second row. She doesn't say much, but turns in beautiful work, week after week. Unlike Mr. Arrogance up in the front row.
Thanks for reading,