Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Conflict of Interest

My grad program has a new dean and she's been going around to classes this week to meet everyone and to ask for comments about the program. A few people in my class yesterday had things to say, but the most annoying was a woman who wanted to know why more classes weren't offered during the day for full-time students.

Why? Hmm...maybe it has something to do with the fact that over 80% of people in the program are part time, and while it may be inconvenient for you to take classes in the evening, for the rest of us it's literally impossible to take classes during the day because we have jobs that require our presence. I'm very happy for you that you're independently wealthy enough (or willing to take out loans large enough) to allow you not to work, but please don't go around trying to make life more difficult for those of us who do. There are other programs that are more focused on full-time students, so you're always welcome to transfer to one of those.

I think this whole thing demonstrates quite nicely the way in which so many people are unable to see outside their own little boxes and look at what's happening around them. This is only one tiny example in a world where this inability has serious implications for our future as a country, and even as a species.

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