Interest in Politics

Students in my afternoon section told me they never heard the words “welfare state” and “austerity measures.” I asked them in English to make sure and they just batted their eye-lashes and looked confused. Nobody knew about the protests in Spain and Italy and nobody had any idea about what is happening in Greece.

“Don’t you follow the news?” I asked in exasperation.

“No,” the students drawled, looking very bored.

“Why???”  I asked.

“We don’t watch television,” one student explained.

I don’t watch television either but that doesn’t prevent me from following the news.

Internet generation, my ass.

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