Nov
30
2014

I actually think that these kids at Occidental really learned something.

I mean, it is funny, in a not-nice way:

…but there’s actually a life lesson here.

In what is believed to be the only college program of its kind, the undergraduates in the Campaign Semester course [at Occidental College] spent at least 2 1/2 months, often seven days a week, 12 hours a day, working on behalf of [exclusively Democratic] candidates in contested states [which were not in fact really contested, apparently].

None won.

Sorry for all the additional text there, but I’m trying to cut down on how much I quote. Anyway, again, there’s a life lesson here. To wit: you cannot get things by simply wanting them hard enough, and the physical universe is indifferent to your tears. It apparently costs $30K to teach these particular children of privilege something that the rest of us learned by the age of ten, but look on the bright side: at least they learned something.  And it even technically was at school!  That’s an achievement, these days.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: If I was teaching the course I personally would have made them all work for Republicans who were widely expected to lose, just to give these kids a properly mind-warping (in the good way) educational experience.  With a if they toss you from the campaign, you flunk restriction.  Mind you, a bunch of the aforementioned expected-to-lose Republicans won anyway, which might dilute that particular message…

3 Comments

  • qixlqatl says:

    I wouldn’t bet a plug nickel that any of those students learned anything, and if they did, I would bet that Occidental will do it’s flat out level best to un-teach it….

    • Herp McDerp says:

      I suspect that the lesson they learned was “fascism, racism, classism, and heteronormativity are deeply embedded in the lumpenproletariat, so if social justice is to triumph we must neutralize them … one way or another.”

  • Antoninus Pius says:

    i’m just amazed that people will spend 60K a year on “adult” daycare. also surprised that anyone in that bunch would work for a Republican, and admit to it.

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