Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Things that make a teacher cry

Okay, okay, I know I've been a total slacker in terms of blogging. More on that soon. But I just couldn't resist sharing this one. My evening class uses an on-line discussion board so we can continue to discuss the material during the week following class. Last week we watched Birth of a Nation. (For those of you who don't know, this 1915 film was horrendously racist and basically tried to convince the nation that the KKK "saved" the South from the "anarchy" of black rule during Reconstruction.) We watched a 30 minute clip that included the young white "heroine" choosing to leap over a cliff to her death rather than "marry" the "renegade Negro." I introduced, we watched, we discussed. I pointed out that even though many protested the film at the time, it did very well at the box-office and even President Wilson called it "true." Most students who posted comments wrote things that were right on target. I figured that everyone was clear on the concept. Until this post:

"After this movie I came to thinking and even though predjustice was so bad back then...there are going to be bad people in every race and there is never really much said about the terrible things blacks did. It always showed them as vicitims(which most of the time they were) but it was interesting to view it from a white mans stand point. I liked to here that the president at the time thought it was an accurate portrayl, then you know that it is what is really going on."

Must. Go. Bang. Head. On. Wall.


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You've GOT to be kidding!

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So what made the instructor cry?
The poor writing?
The student's writing was incomprehensible. I am not sure, what was their point?
The six comments indicate everyone but me understood the 'mush' message.
Makes one wonder, how reliable were those comprehension tests we took in the early sixties. And to think I always scored in the high 90's, if not 100%.
If I had to make a calculated guesstimate, based upon years of observing a familiar pattern of connective dots, I would say the young man was confused by all the brain-washing he had received in his public school anti-education; the hate the White person, esp. White European-descent males, hate yourself if you are a white person, or white male, hate America, hate religious history, hate traditional centuries proven academics, distrust parents, religion, America, Republicans, Whites, White-Anglo-Saxon, and their 90% Democrat voting media (which is touted as a brain-washing tool of the Right, by the Left).
This youngster, and the posters are classic examples of public anti-education in Amerika. Confused, illiterate, with college degrees that are meaningless because the students are still illiterate, still confused.
Sadly...they circle endlessly in the same circular direction pointed out to them by a bankrupt anti-education system, hooked into the fear instilled in them by the anti-education system to NEVER trust the very institutions WORTHY of their trust. The very institutions that would release them from their slavery to confusion, mistrust,and fear. Modern slavery, thanks to Modernists, or whatever they call themselves this week. But the immaturity, the rebelliousness, the refusal to grow up, to grow out of narcissism, self-delusional elitism, to go from one fad to another in the self-delusional guise of learning some "New" thang, is the stereotypical student and their equally immature, etc. instructors, too many of whom learn the new thang under the influence of mind-altering chemicals.
This is what I observe in today's public anti-education students, based upon my solid, academic, education in a very conservative, small town with it's own college. Sadly, that town has also gone 'Bezerkly', and so has their academics.
Well, at least these folks can get a job at WalMart, McDonald's, or if they know someone, and are incompetent enough, they can get a union or government job.
Yes, this Bubbe is cranky, and with damn good reason. This post is not about the capacity to learn on the part of students. It is a rank on the system which systematically strips them of their identity, their self-esteem, their natural love of learning, and injects, slowly and systematically, into their undeveloped, vulnerable, and highly suggestive minds concepts to create inner confusion and chaos, purposely turning them off to trusting the very people who love them,(not the teachers), and mistrusting the very institutions that will free them from the slavery of narcissism and fear. An exploitive system. Modern day slavery.

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