1. The dumbest class in the history of dumbest classes – and the award goes to Cal State Fresno
Let’s hear it straight from a student at Cal State Fresno, where they offered this course that epitomizes all that is wrong with California – “Self-Esteem”:
“It was taught by two old hippies. It fell under the curricula in the School of Education (I think it was designed for students studying to become elementary school teachers). I took it as an elective, because I heard that it was incredibly easy. Every class session, we would start out by singing, ‘I am special.’ The instructors would call out our names, and after we said, ‘here’ or ‘present,’ they would say, ‘we’re glad you’re here’ in a super sing-songy voice. Our assignments consisted of drawing mind-maps (basically – draw a picture of whatever is going through your mind). For our final, we had to pair up and teach something to the class. My partner and I demonstrated the fine art of making Rice Krispy treats. We didn’t earn grades in the traditional sense; rather, we were asked to grade ourselves. Guess what? I felt that I earned an A in that class, and an A was what they entered into the system. Best class ever! It was like kindergarten, and yes, I left each class session with a happy, cozy feeling.”
In closing, dear big brother Texas, you can rest assured that it’s not like California is just GOOFING OFF down there in the basement! We are learning about freaks and Spiderman, graffiti and dirt piles, surfing and television and ALL THINGS QUEER. Plus, we feel really, really good about ourselves!
Diane Schrader lives, alas, in California.