Monday, October 4, 2010

Contributor's post: something I forgot to put up, but it's worth the read

As I was at work today (I work at a high school as an IT tech), a student, we will call him Willy, came in and asked if he could stand there for a minute to cool down. He’s a chubby kid, black, and has an attitude. Since it’s blazing freaking hot in Georgia I naturally sympathized with him and told him he could. While I was standing there working on a computer, Willy asked where our clock went. I then proceeded to point behind me and show him where the clock was on the wall. I didn’t think much of it, because he could just be totally oblivious. Then he asked again, I pointed to the clock once more, but Willy asked for a digital clock. Starting to figure out what was going on I cover up all the digital clocks he tried to look at and told him to tell me the time on the real clock. My suspicions proved true and Willy can’t tell time. Trying to help him along I told him that the minute hand was on the 10, he told me it was 3:40 PM. After that it was silent, Willy then asked if I was calling him dumb, naturally I responded by saying no. He kept at it though, this time asking me if it was because he was black that I was doing this to him.

That’s where my point comes into play here. Has our society been so dumbed down and favored that our high school age children can’t even tell time? Is the world becoming so favored that knowing how to read a normal clock is becoming ancient knowledge? To make matters worse people are starting to look at it as a stereotype, just like Willy. Where do you think America is going now?

-Brian

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