Wednesday, December 15, 2010
College and Students
1. Most of my students are really good people, who just want a chance to make a living.
2. Colleges may be under the non-profit by-line, but higher education is all about the benjamins.
3. Some textbooks cost $200. No, these are not law books, but textbooks for general education courses. The students are lucky if they can sell them back for $20. Each year there is a new edition, so the students have no choice but to buy their textbooks new--each book becomes obsolete after the school year ends.
4. Students now are able to rent books for the semester. It's a bit cheaper than buying the book.
5. Students are generally passive and bored. It isn't personal; they have been beaten down into submission by a society that doesn't give a damn.
6. But wait! Who creates society? People. So people don't give a damn. This has a snowball effect. The new work force is learning obedience through general apathy.
7. I teach books that show great historical figures: students are especially impressed by Dr. King. Yet we have no such leaders right now. Why is that?
8. I teach about epic heroes like Achilles and Gilgamesh. Students have been trained to think that sports figures are heroes. They need to develop a healthy relationship to heroism because they rarely see it among individuals. This means they cannot recognize excellence in another human being.
9. Many of my students belong to fraternities or sororities. They do this for networking in the job market. But they also join because they don't know how to make friends. So they inherit them.
10. If parents knew how much alcohol is consumed by their dear sons and daughters, they would be...surprised.. Other kids drink, not their child. Sorry--your child came drunk to my class. He came drunk to my office hours. Your little girl doesn't even like beer, but she drinks it in order to attract certain male companionship.
11. It is not uncommon for a male and female to begin making out once they have noticed each other at a party. Often, they don't know each other's name. Yet they think nothing of exchanging bodily fluids with a stranger. Alcohol is a big culprit in these situations. This is called hooking up.
12. We are turning our college students into alcoholics..
13. Many students suffer from depression and anxiety disorders.Many consider suicide as a realistic option.
14. College students may have a thousand friends on Facebook, but they are among the loneliest people I have ever known. They wish they could get to know their classmates, but they have to listen to boring lectures and take notes. The classroom has become a place of alienation, not community.
15. Many think a romantic relationship will solve all of their problems.
16. Many students don't understand love, because they have been encouraged to focus on their needs, not the needs of others.
17. Texting is ruining writing skills. I get papers with u for you, b/c for because, and IDK for I don't know. Intellectually, they know this is incorrect, but writing papers has become another form of texting.
18. Many students have either been raped, molested, or exposed to sexually inappropriate situations at a young age. This transcends race, social and economic status.
19. Students know instinctively that this is not how life should be. But they don't know what to do.
20. I pray for my students every time I go to class. I worry about them. I really do.