Monday, December 03, 2007

Student Attitudes in a Nutshell

"I hate reading articles about historical things or political or religious subjects. They are too boring to me. I have no interest in any of those sorts of things."

Disclaimer: Contrary to what these snippets may indicate, I actually do have some pretty sharp students, and in any case, the fact that you have no interest in academic or intellectual pursuits certainly doesn't make you a bad person. It's still frustrating, though.


Blogger Kaitlyn pontificated to the effect that...

Sounds like everyone but me in this social sciences class - UNHP - with so much reading.

Only 2 bored the shit out of me.

And the last one was a book. It was hard to get into, and I'll never read it again.

One of the characters was a Muslim. He went to America.

The profs said "What do you think he'll do there?" (Meaning - will he be happy, will he be rich? Since that was his whole goal in the novel and we'd been discussing it for an hour, so if you hadn't read the book, you might still know.)

Anyways, kid next to me sez he'd be on the Sept 11 attacks.


My point?

Students know about our apathetic peers, and since they hinder our education, we get madder.

Granted, those statements could be valid, since UNHP is required for all honors students.

11:27 AM  
Blogger :-| pontificated to the effect that...

Spoken as a true honors student K. The minutia is boring; stuff like religion and politics and history, you know all that stuff that really matters in the long run.
I know it bored shit outa me in school but when it finally mattered like the time my whole life flashed before my eyes and I started paying attention and came home alive, I can proudly say that I retired from a rewarding career in graphics with a liberal arts degree from a state university instead of sorting produce.
My 20 year old nephew is working the oil patch these days because the cost of a set of Mickey Thompson's on his jacked up 4x4 far outweighs his education. He reads Playboy for the articles. Right-o.

8:11 PM  

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