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September 21st, 2006

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06:35 pm - Recounting my ranting
I had a sociology test today...I think I either did okay or terrible. We shall see. I am hoping for okay.

I studided for hours yesterday and it put me in a really bad mood because a. I find much of what I learn in sociology to be depressing and b. my mind wanders when I study and because studying itself makes me angry I tend to go on crazy rants about nothing.

Anyways, yesterday I got really pissed when I was thinking about the fact that attendance is required in our college classes. It makes sense to me that attendance is required up through high school but now we are PAYING for class. If we want to waste our money, we should be allowed to! If I buy a gallon of milk, I am not legally obligated to drink the whole thing, I can pour it out if I want. If I purchase an alpaca known for its soft, luxurious fleece, I do not have to shear it come springtime. We are a wasteful country and if I choose to waste my money by not attending my classes I should have a right to do so.

My roommate pointed out that teachers prepare lessons for us and its disrespectful not to go, but the fact is, they are going to get paid regardless. True, it is more fulfilling to feel like you are actually doing something at your job but I don't think mandatory attendence rules necessarily imply that students will be in class everyday, excited about learning something new. I think the best way to make sure that a class is full of eager young minds is to make it harder to get into college in the first place, that way we know the people who make it this far in their education are serious about learning. If our admission requirements are low we are going to be full of a bunch of slackers who don't care about school and end up failing or doing poorly anyways.

The thing is, I would go to class most of the time anyways but I hate being told what to do (problems with authority...it runs in the family) and I hate the fact that a couple of insignificant absences can ruin your grade in a given subject regardless of whether you understand the material or not.

Okay...enough about that. Check out the trailer for Jesus Camp on youtube. It scares me
Current Mood: crazycrazy

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Date:September 22nd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
I posted the jesus camp trailer on government+religion= disaster group. Is that where you saw it? It's horrible, my favorite part is where the crazy bitch goes "this means war! this means war!" and the little girl cries. sad and scary
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Date:September 23rd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but if attendance was not required, the professor might try harder to make learning interesting so that people WOULD come to class. If they feel disrespected, I think they would try to make class better if they see people just aren't showing up. All in all, college class should not be a required attendance. I like the milk analogy.

Jesus Camp is really scary. I wonder if it's actually real. It seems real. Makes it more scary. Allie, you should go to Jesus Camp! Ha ha!
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Date:September 23rd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Okay, so re-viewing it, it's a trailor, so it's not real. Whew.
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Date:September 23rd, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Recounting my ranting - Chronicles of a College-Aged Llama on Speed

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