After 34 years of college teaching, I thought I had heard just about every imaginable student complaint. Last week, however, a freshman in my 300-seat US History Since 1865 course came in to discuss her exam with one of the graders and proceeded to work herself into a semi-hissy over the fact that we had spent four class periods (one of them consisting of a visit from Taylor Branch) discussing the civil rights movement.Apparently, the Republican version of 1950s history is nothing more than old episodes of "Leave It to Beaver."
"I don't know where he's getting all of this," she complained, "we never discussed any of this in high school." One might have let the matter rest here as simply an example of a high school history teacher's sins of omission being visited on the hapless old history prof. had the student not informed the TA in an indignant postcript, "I'm not a Democrat! I don't think I should have to listen to this stuff!"
Saturday, May 20, 2006
"Help! I'm Being Repressed!"
Courtesy of the Poor Man, I stumbled across this tragic story of oppression from history professor James C. Cobb at the University of Georgia: