Monday, March 22, 2010

Mouseketeer Roll Call

So it finally happened—I got scheduled for a cultural diversity class. I probably could have handled it better, but there is just something happening with me lately. It’s odd. I feel like part of me has been switched off for a very long time and suddenly…my wiring is starting to spark back to life. Which is great, except that when I am full-on I think I might just be a full-on bitch. On the bright side, I am more active and happy, so maybe it works out?

This gradual muting of who I was started happening when my biological father died, but I really didn’t realize it until my mother had her stroke, and I lost her as a daily companion. When that happened, I stopped doing anything—stopped creating, stopped writing, stopped drawing, stopped even listening to music, but probably most detrimental to who I am…I stopped just opening up on people and speaking my mind.

I am the rant. The rant is me.

Anyway. So I have to take cultural diversity, which I think is just flat out stupid, and I am sure I will end up posting every assignment online somewhere because I won’t be able to do it without making a joke out of the assignment. Below is part of my “biography” in which I was supposed to say what I hoped to get from the class and other blah, blah, blah.


I don’t expect to get a lot out of this class--anything really. I may meet some people, I may make some friends, but as far as learning anything new goes, no. Cultural diversity courses are probably the worst sociology courses you can take, in that the bulk of the coursework IS opinion and feeling based. There are statistics that people like to use to base their feelings on, but in the end, it’s all one group’s ideas of how things should be said and how people should react and feel, versus another’s.

As for what I expect from this class, I first of all think it is an incredible waste of resources (my money, my time) that focuses on our differences as a people rather than our common bonds--as most politically correct efforts do. I’m not racist or prejudice in most anything, and in fact you may have a hard time pinning down what I truly feel about anything in broad general strokes, because I just don’t think that way. I welcome all debate to my convictions, which can be shifted with proof and further analysis. I’m not afraid to change my mind, and I rarely have any preconceived notions about something I know little about. I have always believed in being completely open to new people and new ideas, so the concept of reeducating me for the purpose of equality enlightenment is just offensive. That being said, after reading the book sent for this course, and going through and reading each and every assignment, if I could take basket-weaving right now instead of this I’d do it in a heartbeat.

If you’ve ever seen the book or even the poster “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, and you took any of it to heart, then you don’t need this class. I’ll tell you what I could use though, for the money we spent on this. I could really appreciate another storyboard class, or maybe an illustration class that actually covers illustration and not just Illustrator the program. Of course, we don’t get a say in the classes we take here. How’s that for diversity? :)

Additionally, it's bad enough we have to have a social engineering class at all mandatory for our degree, do we really have a class scheduled at 10AM on a Sunday when a good number of us are supposed to be in church?

I won’t be attending a single Sunday class. 


serephent said...

I loved your essay. What did the prof have to say about it? You must be getting somewhere near to being done with school, yes?

disturbedgraves said...

So far the teacher hasn't said a word to me and...I have gotten so much worse as the days have gone on. LOL. As for school...I decided I wanted my master's degree...I will be in school forevvvverrr.