Thursday, May 14, 2009

Students as Lemmings?

Read this. Then tell me the counter-example isn't English majors. Who could be less lemming-like? They are practically flamingoes. Or platypi.

1 comment:

Leah, wife of Jacob said...

Not many students become English majors just cuz their friends are doing it.

"Hey, come on. Just be an English major. Read "Beloved" with me, and think about it in a PoMo way. And then, later, when everyone else is sleeping we can order a whole box of donuts to be delivered to the library while we stay up all night and write a fifteen page paper about it. Yaaaa. Woo!"

It seems to me students who really don't want to consider PoMo wouldn't be Engl Majors just because of their peers.

So we may be anomalous within the 'Lemming' study, but I think there is a lot of truth in the article. But the truth they researched really isn't all that new, is it?

Good example:

My dad got his undergraduate degree in business. He often says "I didn't really know what I was doing, but Vinny was doing it, so you know, I just did it."

And then he took a computer science class his senior year of college, and now he has a PhD in Comp Sci.

The study really hasn't Found Out anything new. It just confirms that what psychologists observed in most social situations also applies to college students. We are weird animals though... I can't blame them for liking to look at the Lemmings. We walk around like we are sitting on nest egg worth billions and chillin' in SoHo Tea and Coffee on a Tuesday afternoon. "What day is it? Tuesday? Ever since I retired, I can't keep track of the days." (Sips latte with heart-shaped foam.)