Almost 2 years, it’s been, working at a graduate school of education. And what is THE topic of discussion and is considered the most frowned-upon behavior in schools? Bullying, supposedly. Except, how else are we to minimize nerd attacks?
My most recent nerd attack:
Since I get to take classes for free, I’m taking classes for free. One of my classes has a professor who asked us students to provide him with an example of a current information system with global effects. One of the students gave the answer of Facebook. The professor decided to expand on this answer with a personal example so that we could all better understand how said answer is suitable as a current information system with global effects in case we much-younger-than-he-is-students aren’t able to fully relate without his help. He is the professor, after all. He is the one who has spent his nearly entire existence in a school. He knows more than we do. Again, supposedly.
His personal example:
“Facebook – Good answer! Just today, I was thinking about this girl I had a really big crush on in high school and was wondering what she was doing with her life now, and then she sent me a message on Facebook!”
He paused so he could take in our faces-that-he-expected-to-be-of-impress.
Most of us looked confused. The rest/nerds looked at him, inspired by his story of being able to Internet-ly reconnect with his dream girl from over 25 years ago. I, naturally, looked disturbed.
Not to worry though - I officially dropped the class yesterday.
To conclude by borrowing the wise words of the Greatest Thinker, “This is what happens when you get rid of bullying. When you get rid of a species’s natural predator, it just grows exponentially.”