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    •  As much as I knock the UE (university experience) (9+ / 0-)

      I'm glad I went. I managed to meet the right professors and the right group of people who all nurtured who I really was.

      Leaving high school I was caught between being "America fuck yeah bomb them to hell and back" on one hand and a communist domestically. It wasn't until an eye opener of a class on the War in Iraq that the other half of American history that had been deliberately hidden from me was revealed.

      If it wasn't for the Associate Dean of the Honors College at my school taking me under his wing, I wouldn't have any direction whatsoever. A German by birth, related to the Red Baron, and family persecuted by the Nazis, the man is seriously passionate. Frightening so, at times, and rather brusque with slackers, he would either light the fire inside of his students or send them running for Ancient History 101. That professor has many enemies because of his outspoken nature and unorthodox style.

      Strength is nurtured, courage built. It took me four years to know exactly what I want to do and I'm pursuing that future now. There is something unique in all of us and educators should be allowed to help us discover it- but most are forced into creating consumers rather than free thinking citizens.

      More power to the teachers.

      •  Americans have to come off (4+ / 0-)
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        this 'We are the best, the rest of you are a bunch of slackers' horse manure.  One of the things I got to do in my misspent youth was to live near Athens, Greece for 3 years.  Best thing that ever happened to me as far as education. History becomes real when you stand on the steps of the Acropolis and realize the US is just an upstart.

        Rise Up! Still not thy voice - Slack not thy hand! http://thebumpkinphilosopher.blogspot.com/

        by Arkieboy on Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 07:03:49 PM PDT

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      •  It sounds like you are able to see the good... (6+ / 0-)

        and bad in life which isn't always an easy thing to do.

        The Associate Dean sounds like a very interesting man. I'm 1/2 German myself ,when I've spoken it for whatever reason I've been asked if I was angry or if the language was profane etc. The accent alone is rather harsh so I'm not surprised that you found him "seriously harsh" at times. lol

        When I was in High School a friend and I decided to wear these t-shirts,in bold print "Can you say fuck the poor?" That was at the end of the elder Bush era. We almost got suspended for refusing to change them,wear them inside-out,or put something else over them. Ok now I feel old. That having been said,go get em' tiger!

        •  I'm envious, (3+ / 0-)
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          I only speak English and a few... choice... words in Suomi. German does sound harsh, and I guess a native German speaking English would tend to bring out the Germanic side. But his personality is very confrontational and he doesn't mince words.

          I'd wear that T-shirt in a heart beat! Would also make a good campaign sign to put next to GOP paraphernalia.

          Cheers!

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