Re: Teaching film [Was: Experimental films showing at various Universities]

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Dec 03 2008 - 23:46:52 PST

Yeah, what's going on? Is it cultural background, or apathy, or too much TV?
I don't get it-- I grew up during a bad economy, too, and there was always
some kind of cross-current going on in every class-- except maybe math and
science or something. So it's not money worries or anything.
It seems like not only is this the best of all possible worlds to these
kids, it's the only one. They don't know what's out there. I blame TV and the
media in general-- it does create the illusion that there is nothing else going
on but what you see on the tube.

I have never worked so hard to get students to argue with me as I have in
the last two years.


On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 6:20 PM, Jim Carlile <email suppressed_
(mailto:email suppressed) > wrote:

... Nobody asks questions any more, and even worse, they don't like it when
somebody else does, either.

Been in a college class lately whenever another student starts rocking the
boat? The kids go nuts in outrage and annoyance. They get really turned off.
It's a case of, 'the facts please, just the facts.' That doesn't leave much
room for trail blazing or the study of the same, no?

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