Category: Politics

Sadly This Wins Debates (And Presidencies)

| NC, USA | Politics, Students

(We’re working on an assignment in English class where you stand if you agree with a statement and stay sitting if you don’t. We get to a statement where the only person who stands is a bit of a jokester. He makes his argument jokingly.)

Jokester: “…and if all else fails just say wrong a lot.”

Teacher: *weary sigh* “Okay, anyone want to share their answers as to why they don’t agree?”

(Other students share their answers with the jokester saying “wrong!” every few words. It finally gets to me.)

Jokester: “Wrong!”

Me: “Rude!”

Teacher: “[Jokester], one more time and you’re out!”

Jokester: “Fine! Alternative facts!”

Class: *laughs*

Jokester: *screams* “WRONG!”

Teacher: “Outside, we’re going to have a chat!”

(The jokester goes outside and as he walks out he door we catch a glimpse of one of our classmates skipping and crack up. Eventually the teacher gives up and laughs, too. The whole ordeal was so funny that it really made my day.)

This Administration Doesn’t Quite Add Up

, , | Phoenix, AZ, USA | Politics, Religion, Tutors

(The office I work in accepts calls from out of state students in order to help them with their school work. Between scheduled appointments, I am doing some filing at my desk, when my coworker’s conversation with his student catches my attention. We work in the math, business, and statistics department.)

Coworker #1: *into his headset* “I… well, maybe our new president will do something for this country, ma’am. Yes. Perhaps. No, I don’t think the Bible means you have to love tyrants; I think it probably just means you should respect authority. Well, yes, it is true that the revolution had plenty of Christians in it, ma’am. That was a common religion then. Right. Um… no, I don’t think a revolt should be lead against the government. No, ma’am, I’m not at liberty to say which political party I belong to. No, thank you… Right. Now, did you have any other questions about your math homework? Okay. Right.”

Coworker #2: *nudges him* “[Coworker #1], it doesn’t seem like much math is going on; having fun?”

(Coworker #1 makes a face like he wants to die, and finishes his appointment.)

Coworker #1: “Next time the caller tries to start a political debate, can I transfer them to someone who specializes in poli-sci?”

The Great Gat-ski

| CA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Books & Reading, Politics, Teachers

(In my English class, we’re reading The Great Gatsby. We’ve just finished reading one chapter that mentions a character, Tom, riding a horse.)

Teacher: “Personally, I find that scene a lot better if you picture Tom riding the horse while shirtless and looking like Vladimir Putin.”

Makes You Want To Immigrate AWAY From America

| UT, USA | Bigotry, Politics

(I’m a female grad student getting my Master’s in engineering and am late for class. I’m understandably rushing to get there as quick as I can. This college is known to be, well, generally close minded due to the dense Mormon population. This is shortly after the announcement of Trump’s travel ban. Also, I am not white.)

Student: *cuts me off* “Excuse me, can you please sign our petition to show you are against the travel ban?”

Me: “I really don’t have time; I’m late for class already.”

Student: “But we need your support! We need to show that what Trump is doing is wrong!”

Me: “Seriously, I don’t have time. Now I’ve got to go.”

Student: “But aren’t you worried about how this is going to affect your family?”

(That’s when I stop dead in my tracks.)

Me: “I’m Native American.”

Student: “…”

Me: “So, what? Because I’m not white I must be a foreigner? Is that it?”

Student: “…”

Me: “Maybe next time, you should think before you make dumb assumptions.”

Student: “…” *runs off*

(I’ve also had tour guides ask me to share with their groups “my life as an international student” and ask me to translate for Spanish speaking members for them. One more event like this and the Dean of Students is going to get a complaint from me.)

And They’re All A Bunch Of Slytheryns

| CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Politics

(We were learning about the checks and balances system in the US Government, and about Congress and the House of Representatives.)

Teacher: “Okay, and questions about the House or Congress?”

Student: *not exactly the brightest bulb in the box* “So, like, do the Representatives all live in the same house?”

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