||[Feb. 23rd, 2008|04:34 pm]
The Question Club
I'm an Early Childhood Education major, and there are three courses mandatory (besides the core curriculum) at my university before we get accepted into the cohort as a junior. (the cohort is just when you sell your soul to the school of education and never look back). I've taken one of these three courses with no issues, but I'm in the second one now, and the amount of idiocy astounds me.|
1. When replying to "What do you want to teach?", this one girl raises her hand and says "I want to teach Kindergarten, because it's the easiest grade to teach and the kids are cute and all you have to do is color and make bulletin boards and man, it's just really easy!". About ten other girls in the room put their hands down because they had the same exact response. What is it about Kindergarten that seems so easy? Does nobody understand that Kindergarten is quite possibly the hardest grade to teach?
2. We were discussing discrimination and racism in the classroom when I heard this gem. "I know that, like, black people have their own month and stuff? I was thinking maybe we could, like, give every race their own month? But white people could, like, have like two, because they've, like, done more stuff than any other race?" Is this girl going to die early in a pit of fire along with the others in the room who agreed vehemently?
3. You have to apply for the cohort in order to start officially student teaching. There are about 40 spots and usually about 120 applicants. Will half of these girls ever possibly make it in? I used to be afraid the chances of my being accepted were low, but I'm not so sure any more.
4. What's the most ignorant/racist thing you've heard someone say lately?