"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

9.09.2008

ask a stupid question...

Texas in Africa, to her class: "So what did the Declaration of Independence do?"

Back of the room: "Freed the slaves."

Texas in Africa: "No...., that was the Emancipation Proclamation."

Back of the room, dead serious: "Ended the slave trade?"


Sometimes I want to cry.

6 Comments:

Blogger haitianministries said...

Can we deport U.S.-born high school graduates who can't pass the U.S. citizenship test? After all, non-native speakers of English routinely pass the test so it shouldn't really be a big deal for Americans, right? I don't know why this issue isn't raised more frequently (if it's ever raised at all) in the immigration debates. [Okay . . . dismounting soapbox now . . .]

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 2:33:00 PM

 
Blogger euphrony said...

"Teach your children well . . ."

Or don't.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 2:56:00 PM

 
Blogger Michael said...

I thought people had to be half-way intelligent to get into UT?

And I gave a citizenship test to my students via powerpoint last week. They didn't do too well either.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 2:57:00 PM

 
Blogger CharlieMac said...

Duh! This is football season, especially at UT. So stick to the important stuff. Ask what Coach Royal said might happen when you throw a pass if you are going to go way back in history. Otherwise you will either have to grade on a big curve or, heaven forbid, give a failing grade to an 'scholarship' athlete.
(End of cynicism)
Bless you and remember you just might be able to reach one or two.
Charlie Mac

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 3:06:00 PM

 
Blogger MamasBoy said...

So, are your students any better than A&M's? That's what really matters...

Seriously, I wonder what would happen if students took a civic literacy competition as seriously as they take football? I wonder if academia would ever consider integrating such a competition into the normal class requirements. My guess, is that as long as it doesn't generate alumni dollars, it won't fly.

http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/report/rankings.html

MB

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 6:15:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

If they're representative of the University population as a whole, 60% of them are the top 10%.

I'm reminded that this is the first bunch to go through No Child Left Behind all the way through. W was governor when they were in kindergarten.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:25:00 PM

 

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