Volume 93, Issue 94

Tuesday, March 28, 2000


OPINIONS

For your viewing, a little poem

Some facts to clarify

A Liberal expose

For your viewing, a little poem



To the Editor:

I have been thinking a lot about what we learn in some of our courses and have begun to wonder why.

Why are we taught things that are irrelevant in everyday life? Why do we need to learn Shakespeare in English? Where is the relevance in today's society?

My sociology professor seems to think it stems from a time when taking such courses while going to university showed a higher social class and prestige. Does that still apply now? My kinesiology professor has repeatedly asked the question, "Why do we learn about how to treat diseases instead of how to prevent them?"

The poem below is dedicated to all students preparing for exams and is meant to get people to examine the content of their courses. If all students would take a stand about what they want to learn, as opposed to what they are taught, we could make a definite impact on the educational system.

The "Final" Words

Pale-faced zombies

Glide down the halls expressionless.

Endless searching to improve these machines

Have brought them to drill holes,

And compress words and numbers and facts and information.

Information that is obsolete. Meaningless;

At least to the machines.

Two more holes are drilled into the sides of the head:

Used to insert poles. They act as blinders.

They hold the books from which this information is drawn.

Primitive tools are grotesquely molded

Into the creature's mangled hands.

These are used to record and re-record.

They demand the repetitive tasks day after day, / And at the end,

They place the subject in the interrogation seat

And examine them to determine if any of their

'Improvements' / Have paid off.

These expressionless, emotionless zombies / Are my friends.

I look in the mirror where an expression stares back;

I am one of them.

The systematic desensitization of these young minds

Costs only $50,000.00.

Please,

Let me have good enough grades

To be accepted into the program next year.

Jill Plantz
Kinesiology I





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