As a Grad Student, I have the opportunity of being a Teaching Assistant; hosting seminars, grading exams, etc; in Political Science, Gender Studies, and Human Rights courses. I get the chance to question intelligence and knowledge on a weekly basis.
So I'm marking the midterm for one Gender course and this is what one student wrote about the "Male Gaze" - pay attention to the example he uses to explain the concept:
"The Male gaze refers to a certain perspective of looking at something. An example of this is that an Orthodox Jew would look at a piece of holocaust memorabilia more intently and from a different perspective than would a South African who knows very little about world history"
To which I remarked - "...outrageous claim! See me in my office."
Sometimes I just wonder where these kids get their ideas from. You don't have to be South African to get offended by that one!
Or check out the introductory paragraph in one essay about development aid to Africa from my 3rd level Political Science course:
"The country of Africa is afflicted with many woes..."
To which I remarked - "...when last did you visit the said 'country'?"
And this student threw in a lot of "...those people" into the soup to enrich the broth. As in "...those people are desperately hungry and will die unless they are fed", or "...those people must accept help from anywhere they can get it". Arrgghhh....
Why do some young people think it's OK to be foolish? And especially when your T.A is a very conspicuous black African female?!
-Anya (weary from marking)
-Listening to country music all night long :)
-Now playing: Anne Murray 'Danny's Song'