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American Education Is In Need Of A Revolution, Part 2

| Learning | October 22, 2013

(I return with some friends to my high school to visit our favorite teachers. One of the science teachers, who had taught all of us, requests that we each share our college experience with his students. It’s my turn.)

Teacher: “So, what has your college experience been like so far, [My Name]?”

Me: “Well, it’s certainly been unusual, but it’s also been a lot of fun. I ended up going overseas to England to study at [University]. It was scary at first, but now I really love the people and the culture.”

Teacher: “Wow. I always knew you’d do something daring like that. I’m glad it’s working out for you!”

(The teacher addresses the class.)

Teacher: “Does anyone have any questions for [My Name]?”

Student #1: “Yeah, I do. Do they, like, have electricity there?”

Me: “I’m sorry, what?”

Student #1: “You know, in England. Do they have electricity?”

(I am actually at a loss for words.)

Teacher: “What? Was that a real question? Put your head down!”

(The class laughs.)

Me: “Um, yeah. They do.”

Teacher: “Does anyone have any less dumb questions?”

Student #2: “So, how do you understand them when they talk, because they don’t speak American?”

Me: “…they speak English. It’s England.”

Teacher: “Okay, [Student #2] you can just leave.”