(Originally written when I made my return to college to finish my degree.)
One thing that I have always been amazed with is the complete idiots I deal with in the educational system. As I continued my higher education I continually ran into people that would have problems figuring out where Waldo is let alone getting their college degree.
When I moved to California I had to spend a year at a Junior College aka a Community College because of the difference requirements that New York State and California had. Each day I would experience something that would make me lose all faith in people and hate going to school. The class that drew the most ire from me was my public speaking class, which was a train wreck that was beyond description. Every time we had to give a speech it was a total mess, you never knew what was going to come out of the mouths of some of the people in the class. One time we had a girl compare Walt Disney to Hitler, another talked about how all “non-believers” were going to hell, you never really knew what people were going to say which added to the excitement of it (and not in a good way). The following entry was written a day after we gave our “informative speeches”, I think it paints a good picture of why nobody will care if there is a massive earthquake that will split California off into the sea.
For our second speech in my public speaking class we had to do an informative speech.
I did a speech on political spin, another person did a speech on the difference between disk brakes and drum brakes, and someone else did a speech on the importance of water in our everyday diets.
Decent speeches, nothing exciting but nothing totally mind numbing until that point, then a girl got up and decided to speak out AIDS and HIV. She cited stats about how many people have it in Ventura County, LA, and for some random reason Bakersfield. (Out of all the cities and counties you could quote stats about why Bakersfield? Which was hours away and the biggest shit hole known to mankind.) For my NY friends Bakersfield is like Utica… the armpit of the state.
The girl went on to say that one of her co-workers was missing work so the boss was going to fire him. Her co-worker came out and said that they had HIV and explained that they had just found out and that was why they were missing work so much. I figured that she was setting the stage to talk about rights of people with HIV and how this person was courageous to admit to their co-workers that they were dealing with this. Of course I was wrong. The speech totally spiraled out of control, the girl went onto say that everyone that she worked with was going to quit unless the guy was fired and that she was leading the charge to make that happen.
She then went onto say that they couldn’t fire him which she found appalling and disappointing. Instead they basically segregated him from the other workers. She is not saying this in a manner where she was outraged but like it was the right thing to do. Where did they work you ask? A bank…
She finished by saying that the guy was really hot and he didn’t look like he had AIDS. And in summation we should be careful because anyone we might run into could have AIDS no matter what they look like.
I was sitting behind our professor and I think she threw up in her mouth.
I am amazed daily about how stupid people are.
What is the worst presentation you have ever seen?