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Today is our first day of classes. I used to be excited about it, and now it is just a giant pit in my stomach.

For the record, just so it doesn’t have to be imagined anymore in other classrooms and by people who have never so much as said hello to me:

  • I support the exploitation of workers by “corporations” and “capitalists. I especially like it when such exploited workers are women and underrepresented minorities.
  • I support the exploitation of the environment.
  • I support the pursuit and accrual of short-term profits at the expense of long term profits and sustainable business.
  • I support everything the Koch Brothers, Exxon, McDonalds, Big Pharma, etc. have ever done, anywhere, and under any circumstance. I supported it before they started paying me. Now I REALLY support it.
  • I know everything there is to know.
  • Economists have a monopoly on viewing the world. All other disciplines have nothing to contribute.
  • I discriminate against everyone, even when I am not consciously doing so.
  • .. fill in whatever you like, that’s par for the course.

3 Responses to “Let the Indoctrination Begin!”

  1. Gabriel Wittenberg says:

    Have things changed since you started teaching? Are student more arrogant than they used to be and less curious? Are have you become more curmudgeonly as you’ve been teaching for longer?

    • wintercow20 says:

      I always find it dangerous to extrapolate from one’s own experiences to larger trends, but certainly in my impression even though the students appear to be smarter, they are far less informed about the very things they are worked up about and arguing about and being taught. I think the larger reason for my despondency, and I think that is the right word, goes beyond the student population.

  2. Gabriel Wittenberg says:

    The more time that goes on, the more time we have to be molded into the perfect amorphous blobs that the state wants us to be, subservient to the intelligentsia’s every whim. Whenever I think that there must have been a better time, I remember what my dad used to tell me about New York City in the 1970’s, and about how it was brought to the brink of bankruptcy by years of dishonest “civil servants” and Tammany Hall. He also reminds me that before car congestion was an issue in New York, the big question was where to put all of the horse shit. My point being that I don’t for one second question our resiliency and ability to innovate. The tides might be against Reason, but they have always been, ever since the Greeks opined for a state that could help craft more virtuous men.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/05/nyregion/recalling-new-york-at-the-brink-of-bankruptcy.html

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