reply to post by Xquizit
Wow, I know it's anecdotal, but if even a teacher would say something like that to her students, that actually gives me the creeps. Not because I'm
disgusted by the teacher doing that, rather because I believe that teachers have a sort of distance from their students. subjects in the classroom
discussion betwween a teacher and his students that do not deal with the school itself or the class material are only entered into when there is some
relation to the material (as in examples) or when there is some issue, good or bad, involves not only the school, but also the community or nation.
For example, as an educator, I've spoken with my students on outside topics when the following events occurred:
-presidential election & inauguration
-Haitian, Chilean and Japanese earthquakes
-hurricane Katrina - the first year I taught...
-the Arab spring (during the actual first spring)
-the Super Bowl
-a very popular movie that all the kids want to see / major musician having a concert the night before
-a national holiday
-passing of a famous person (fame dictated by the students of course) ...if someone famous within the material we were learning died, no one got too
Even as a student, I remember the teacher speaking about Desert Storm, Clinton's election, the OKC Bombing, the movie Titanic, Colombine, Bush v.
By far, two stand out though: - watching the OJ Simpson verdict being read in sophomore English class and discussing Monica Lewinski in French class -
although, it was related because Lewinski had become slang in France for intern.
Y2K - this one however is the best example. Again, it's up to every teacher to decide where the conversational line sits. But as I said, if the
subject is beyond normal discussion, it has to have some greater significance, whether the tone is sad, happy, funny or whatever. You can all tell
from the above list what the tone would have been to cause my teachers to bring it up with us or me to bring it up with my students.
When it was the end of fall semester in 1999, several teachers made references to Y2k, but all of them in a light hearted way - "some of you might
not be back to soon since you'll be coming back on horse and buggie" or something like that.
For a teacher to say "don't come in on 12/21" is a sign the tone of this is in a more melancholic place. It's certainly not just one and it tells
me that fear of the unknown has become strong. It doesn't matter if a person thinks its because of some calamity with alignment, rotation, or
polarity, the return of Christ, Kukumatz or space aliens, the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, or the crazies who might ascribe to the
beliefs and run wild.
But back to how it creeps me out: it has become apparent that all major events require faith to occur - focused mental energy that comes from a place
of belief that has created the logical grounding for the event to occur on such and such date. I'm not trying to get metaphysical or sell you "the
Secret", I'm getting psychological and sociological.
People believe something strong enough, it will
alter their behavior. Other people's actions affect yours and group think can take over
rapidly. In my opinion, the presence of this day with such a negative outlook that is so entrenched in many people's consciousness can be self
prophecy at work. No, not that rifts will open up or the sun will explode, but it could start irreversible conflict, destruction or chaos, like
dominoes...or lemmings...schools of fish, whatever.