Throughout my college career, I have delved into a plethora of different topics and issues concerning life around the globe. From Islamic philosophy to narrative film, to the economics of crime and the relationship between illness and language, I’ve had a taste of just about every subject over the past four years. And while I certainly feel enriched and decently well-read, I feel a certain component has been lacking to my education. Where is all the discussion? The sharing of ideas, visions, and passionate declarations between my peers and I, or even the community at large, is almost entirely absent. Most of my classes claim to be participation friendly where we are rewarded for speaking, however many comments or questions are lacking a sort of zeal or curiosity. There are exceptions of course where students have spoken up and showed enthusiasm, however I regret to say that these instances are all too infrequent. On a college campus of all places, aren’t students supposed to be getting fired up about serious issues? Should we not share our perspectives and ask meaningful questions? Are we lacking mindfulness and passion regarding such important issues of war and food shortage? Or are we just too intimidated, embarrassed, or indifferent to initiate a dialogue on topics that interest us? Either way, I believe that our silent classrooms pose a threat not only to our education but the overall awareness and progress of our generation. With all of the violence, war, famine, poverty, and corruption(the list is endless), I would have hoped to hear my friends and fellow students discuss these matters from time to time. If the classroom is not the right place to question the consequential state of affairs occurring across our planet, than what is?
I am not saying that students at my university are a bunch of moronic zombies by any means, however I do wish that my peers would speak up more often and engage a bit. As a very passionate and curious individual, I yearn for discussion, as I love to hear different ideas and perspectives. I want to know what others think! I want to hear how different people examine different issues.
One of my intentions for this blog is to hear what others have to say regarding topics I present here. Some subjects may concern organic farming, bombing, socialism in contemporary society, or even questions regarding the quality of the education we believe we’re gaining from public university. I want to discuss issues that we don’t always bring to light in our classrooms, but issues that are increasingly important for our generation to consider. I hope to present questions or topics that unearth them selves to me over the coming weeks and perhaps gain some feedback from my readers. Feel free to read without commenting, but comments are more than welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope we can learn something from each other.
What do you think about this? Are students more indifferent these days or are we just scared to speak up?
(ANY feedback appreciated. For example, if this is a terrible idea for a blog, PLEASE tell me so and I’ll switch it up).