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  •  Perhaps your students will take it upon (3+ / 0-)
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    themselves.

    •  I wouldn't bet on it. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've only had these particular students for one day of classes so far (our semester started last week), but if they're like the ones I've had in nine previous semesters at this university, I think they'll be more concerned on the whole about finding out where the good parties are on Thursday and Friday nights or talking about the basketball team than they will be about an Occupy general strike.

      In my experience, the students at the university where I teach aren't really very political at all—which is odd, given the university's proximity to DC. And my classes are mostly freshmen and sophomores, making them even less likely to get politically engaged (as the whole "real world" thing is still a few years away for them).

      Again, I could be wrong as spring comes, but I don't think it's all that likely that I am.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 11:12:24 AM PST

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      •  What do you teach? (2+ / 0-)
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        •  Ironically enough, I teach public speaking. (1+ / 0-)
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          You'd think that would attract folks of a more political/activist bent, until you consider that it's a required course for the business program and a few other pre-corporate-y majors—meaning that my class is about 1/3 undecideds (undeclared freshmen and sophomores, mostly thinking "what major will get me a job?"), 1/3 Comm majors (a majority of whom want to go into PR, in my experience), and 1/3 pre-business students.

          The majority of my students, from my top-of-my-head impressions, have been Democrats and particularly liberal on social issues (they are, after all, Millennials), but with a very few exceptions (maybe 1 student every third section) haven't ever seemed all that interested in activism.

          "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

          by JamesGG on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 11:37:38 AM PST

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