Current Mood: Cranky
I’m not sure how familiar people are with the California University system, but it’s in pretty poor shape. Budgets cut, fees raised (and raised again), classes are down but the number of peple required inside a classroom for the class to continue has been raised. What should have been my first class, Aesthetics (philosophy) is most likely going to be cut because there are only 14 enrolled students. Where before the class could have run with a mere 9 students, there are now 18 people required for that class to run. It’s an elective philosophy course and such classes have never acrued that many students – not even in the past when money was not an issue. The teachers seem to be considering a strike and the students are talking walk outs…it’s a huge mess!
But that’s not what bothers me. Am I irked that I showed up to my 11:30am Aesthetics class, which was released 10 minutes later, and then had to wait for my 2:30 Hegel to Nietzsche class? Yes. But what bothered me more was that the students who did show up weren’t paying very much attention.
I know it’s back to school time and that our brains aren’t quite there yet. I won’t deny that I chat, text and the like during class – but I pay attention and am fully capable of holding my own during the conversation. When the perky blonde sitting in front of me spends her whole day texting and then asks “Wait…so what is Hegel?” In the middle of our lecture on the Phenomenology of Spirit…it’s mildly insulting.
I also, as you know – take an LSAT course at night. I SHOULD be in it right now … but my carpool didn’t show up. Apparently half of them decided to skip the first week of school in favor of a vacation…the other half? Well they’re not even replying to my text messages or phone calls. It’s a fairly expensive course and I NEED it to boost my LSAT score up to where i’d like it to be…so what the heck?
Why the apathy? Why the blahs? As my Aesthetics Professor put it so blatantly, “Your generation seems intent on becoming lever pullers and automaton-like secretaries. Where is the thought?”
I sometimes (often) worry that our generation is getting stupider by the minute. We know a lot more about the world at large, we’re a lot more tech savvy – but where is the drive for education? For understanding? We’re know-it-alls who know nothing. And it bugs me. Because in under 15 years it’s this age-bracket that will be running the world. And if it’s anything like the way we run our academics…everyone’s doomed.