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That Class Is Bombing

| Learning | May 8, 2017

(I am a political science major. It’s the first day of class and I am a senior. I walk into the class and just before class starts, a smelly, still partially drunk dude comes in and sits next to me — it’s typical and I’m in the back. Then class starts. The professor, an elderly man who can barely stand, begins to discuss what we will cover. It is how WWII and the Cold War shaped modern politics.)

Professor: “…and furthermore, the Japanese continue to be vilified by this entire country for their heroic charge to defend their country after the bombings at Nakasagi and Hiroshima when they launched brave soldiers willing to risk death to take out Pearl Harbor and show they weren’t defeated yet!”

(For a moment I sat stunned, but he continued on. He really believed what he was saying. Eventually the smelly guy and I exchanged glances, got up, and went to drop the class and register in something else. We never said a word to each other. Regardless of your opinion on the use of nuclear weapons, if you are so far gone into senility that you cannot recall the order in which major world events happened, then tenure isn’t doing any of the students who are paying for an education any good. It was very sad to see, but also pissed me off that it happened.)

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