Sarah of Trying to Grok worried about using her old college essays to teach English 101 class to soldiers in Korea.
That paper about gay marriage? Perhaps not in a military setting. The one on how Malcolm X is a racist? Not with half of the class being African-American. OK, how ’bout the one on hate speech? But what if they disagree and we spend the class debating the First Amendment instead of talking about the thesis statement?
“One of the odd things foreigners notice about Americans — whether Republicans or Democrats, urban dwellers or country folks — is their intolerance. This intolerance frequently extends to race, creeds, and role expectations, carrying with it a willingness to shun and physically punish the ones perceived as different. It often baffles foreigners, many of whom regard the United States Constitution, with its emphasis on respect for individual freedoms, as enshrining just the opposite principles of tolerance and understanding.
It’s not good writing or good analysis.
Via Amritas, who is a linguistics professor.
Update: Now Sarah’s students are writing parodies of their textbook:
“One of the many odd things foreigners notice when they come to the United States about American people is their intolerance, but most of them are the same way when Americans come to their country.”
If I understand correctly, her students are GIs stationed in Korea, not a country known for ethnic tolerance.
Update: I understand incorrectly. Sarah tells me she’s now teaching in Germany.