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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Dear Diary, Today I had a Tiff with Miffy, Biffy and Chippy...

Well as many of my faithful readers (Rick and Leroy) know, I am pursuing my Masters. Throughout this first year, I have had classes with the same cohort of people. Nice enough, just extremely liberal and in your face about it (Was that redundant? Liberal and in your face?) Anyhow, Wednesday night once again there was bashing going on. Usually I say nothing because I feel nothing is heard, but this time I went off. I said that I was sick of paying money to be in a program to learn Strategies to teach Reading and getting earfuls from the other people and the professors about their politics. If I want my fill of political talk I will read the emails. (Although, I have noticed the loudest liberals have fallen silent.) My first class (pre-election), the teacher actually said that she was an extreme liberal (there goes the redundancy again) and that she did not like Republicans although she promised it would not affect our grade. What a fricken opener.
Well, I am off to do a presentation in front of the cohort. Wish me luck.

14 Comments:

  • At 6:29 AM, Blogger Aydelvise said…

    I hope your presentation went well. Good for you for speaking up and saying what probably others in the class wish they would have said! See, you have more than two readers.

     
  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    Thank you for reading my blog and for supporting my rant. My presentation went really well. No political talk that day. I guess I had my limit and it was just one more little thing that set me off. I am usually pretty low key and mellow but a girl can only take so much ya know?

     
  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger Angelo (Dave) said…

    Wow,

    It took me a minute to remember my blogger name. Yes, you apparently have at least four semi-loyal readers. You should always speak up though -- I didn't really get the exact circumstances of why you went off or why the political discussion is inappropriate -- but I know that you are extremely smart so I trust that the class did deserve a good talking to. Never good to have one side of anybody completely dominating discussion.

     
  • At 11:14 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    Welcome to my humble site. Wow, four readers - and here I thought I was a muted voice.
    Well, I feel the political talk in my classes have been inappropriate because I am studying Teaching and Diagnosing Elementary Reading Strategies. I feel that they are completely dominated by one side and it is not constructive and is often led by the professors. I am often called out by one girl - Miffy (*all names have been changed to protect the ignorant) to the professors within the first 10 minutes on the first day of class in a manner that goes something like this: "Oh don't worry we are all liberals and hate Bush - oh except Lisa, but we forgive her. So, I do think it was about time I said something - hey it's better than Bitch-slapping!

     
  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger El Andariego said…

    Stick to your lessons and don't get caught up in a fight with your classmates. Remember you are the minority opinion in that room and you won't ever change anyone's mind by being argumentative. The teacher already has a stated bias against you, but you need her to give you a good grade, so avoid unpleasantness at all costs. If it takes a (proverbial) apple on her desk before each class, take one. And don't lace it with anything that could get her sick. At least not until long after your report card is in. After you get your "A", I will put sugar in any gas tank you point me to. Keep your eyes on the ball baby!!

     
  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger Rick said…

    You could always send Diary of a Madman on the loose against them. If he's not busy fighting tentacled mutant wives from alternate universes.

     
  • At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is Angelo, for some reason it wasn't letting me post comments anymore.

    I guess Liz has censored me.

     
  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Angelo (Dave) said…

    OK, maybe not.

     
  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Carol said…

    Lisa, you are well-spoken and good for you for speaking up. Since you are studying reading strategies, what I want to know is: How do we get people to read our book club books? Has anyone read either book club book? Do we need to pick a biography next time? Della's spicy novel seems to have turned people off. Yes or no?

     
  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger El Andariego said…

    Carol, fancy meeting you here in Lisa's blog. I am about 3 hours from finishing "re-reading" the Great Fire, which is even more beautiful than the first time I read it. Have you read it yet?

    I also just checked out Connie Mae Fowler's "The Problem with Murmur Lee" and since it is a new book I only have 7 days to finish reading it. I actually am looking forward to discussing both.

    Did you notice that there is a stranger from Illinois that wants to join the Tecolote Book Club. Do you want to let her join? She's a reader, and has her own blog, which I haven't had the chance to investigate.

    A tout a l'huere (which is where I think the English "tootles" comes from - means see you in a while)

     
  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    My gosh...the gang's all here!
    Angelo, I would never censor my blog. You are a semi-loyal fan and I love hearing from ya.
    Rick...I will keep that in mind.
    Leroy, I am finished with four classes, I have a list of names and license plate numbers..you can get started now. The sugar is being purchased as we speak.
    Carol, we have actually been speaking about getting students interested in reading and one teacher got her cousin to bring his low-rider to school and low-rider magazines for the students to look at. It was a big hit and I think I could get him to come to Tecolote if you are interested?
    Also, I was curious if you were going to reply to the non-cousin interested in the book club?
    Thank you all for replying - you are really my favorite cousins (and brother)!

     
  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

     
  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Angelo (Dave) said…

    Liz, I just want to point out that the opportunity to play a prank on someone outweighs any of my political convictions and I don't think that Leroy should get all the fun. Plus, I fly in, I fly out, no one needs to know the difference.

     
  • At 9:02 PM, Blogger Elzbieta said…

    hmm...I like the very 'mob hit' vibe you give to the operation.
    I'll keep you in mind.

     

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