We were discussing Spain’s Indignados movement today and, of course, I simply couldn’t resist asking my students what they thought about the #Occupy protests.
Here are their responses:
“What’s #Occupy Wall Street?”
“Never heard of it.”
“I’m opposed because they are all corrupt.”
“I’m in favor because they want to stop the corruption in the government.”
“I’m in favor because they want to stick it to the big corporations.”
“I’m opposed because they keep whining how they are in debt. And if they took out all those credit cards to buy stuff, that’s their own fault.”
“They are OK, I guess.”
“Oh, that’s all just silly. I have no patience for those people.”
“I don’t care. I have more important things to think about.”
The other 55 students valiantly resisted my efforts to elicit their opinions on the subject. Many smiled enigmatically. I believe they didn’t want to share what they think because I made it impossible for them to guess what I thought of the #OWS.
And that’s a shame because I don’t grade on political opinions.