sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

February 17, 2011

“MY GOD! THE TEACHERS DIDNT SEND US!!!!!”

Filed under: education, politics — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 6:44 am

A hilarious video of teenagers at their public school teachers’ protest.  Of course they have no clue what it’s all about, but, hey, it’s a protest!  (Via Instapundit, via the PJ Tatler.)

I got a kick out of reading the students’ youtube comments:

MY GOD! THE TEACHERS DIDNT SEND US!!!!! read people readddddd!!!

or:

While the rest of our school knew exactly what was going on. ALSO- our teachers DID NOT bring us to this protest. They couldn’t take part in agreeing or disagreeing with it because of our school district. It was our students free will that made us want to partake in it. I am a fellow student and my parents excused me for this protest. TEACHERS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. Get your facts straight and dont believe everything you see…This video isn’t anything near the truth of the situation.

or:

Haha wow how many times do people have to tell u the teachers didn’t send us

Haha indeed.  One day many years from now you might look at this video and laugh.

This incident reminds me of my undergraduate years when Berkeley Graduate Student Instructors, people that commoners call TAs, would go on strike year after year.  IIRC, the strikes were a work of, among others student labor activists, Hatem Bazian.  It was in the mid-90s, I was young, and in no mood to waste my time thinking about Mr. Bazian’s politics.  Graduate students asked professors to cancel their classes in solidarity, and asked students to cut classes, also in solidarity.  Somehow I don’t remember very many of my classes being canceled, but that could be because I took classes from conscientious professors.  Auditoriums were practically empty, though.  The students who did show up were the ones who wanted to go to grad school.

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2 Comments »

  1. Here’s my question. Are the student commenters lying about their teachers to cover for them, or are they just assuming that since they came on their own, all the kids did? I’m a little lost.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — February 18, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    • My crystal ball tells me that the students are not lying, meaning, they think that they are telling the truth. They just don’t know that they are being manipulated.
      If my kids were attending that school I’d very much want to know just what they are being taught. A very good question indeed.

      Comment by edgeofthesandbox — February 18, 2011 @ 7:40 pm


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