So I signed up for a basic el-ed course just to get on the sub list. I think they paid $50 a day or some such exorbitant wage. So I spent quite a few days at the head of, usually high school classes, asking a bunch of ring-head teenagers what they were supposed to be doing that day. I am sure you can imagine the answers I got.
But it gave me a taste...or I should say, a dis-taste for the educational system in this country...and another box to tick off, on my list of things that I did NOT want to do with my life. I hated it. I never wanted to be a teacher of any kind.
And yet I have set myself up as a sophist here. A pedagogue teaching rational antisemitism. I don't care for that either. Too close to my memories of pimply kids that too often couldn't comprehend their lessons and furthermore, didn't give a shit when they could.
I posted a comment I got on my last piece because I thought it a vivid example and warning to anyone wanting to take on this type of endeavor. Speak your mind and you will get a few things in return. For the most part you will get silence. Now, that can be read in various ways, of course. They may agree...mildly. They may disagree...mildly. They may be brain-dead and have no idea what you are talking about, but mechanically read your articles while they are doing something else...eating breakfast...bored at work...whatever. They don't take the time to comment. That kinda puts some mystery into the mix. I'm ok with that.
Or, you get "amens!" I like those a lot(for the most part). These are the readers that "get it". Agree or disagree, they post thoughtful comments directed spot-on to what I was trying to say. Not that I am that cryptic or profound...but you would have to think so, to endure the last group. This group is comprised of folks that vehemently disagree with a point I am making, and have little to no education or intelligence with which to express their disapproval. I am not setting myself up as a guru...and I don't wish to offend too much...but JESUS people!...where the fuck are your brains? Here is said example picked from MANY: