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The Universtiy Game

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Submitted by Sheerahkahn (United States), Oct 1, 2002 at 15:38

It is called the "game," and this is how it is played.

The Student walks into the first day of class, fully aware that he has to take this particular class because there is no alternative. This particular class is taught by a particular professor who has, without putting to fine a point on it, a vicious axe to grind. Ah, yes, this axe comes with a very long handle on it.

And so sits our intrepid student in this class, dutifully taking notes, while the Professor lets slip "opinions" that have nothing to do with the class subject.. baiting, I would assume, any student who is of a different mindset to speak up and thus be labelled for the rest of the semester.

Seeing, assumedly, a cowed audience, our erstwhile professor begins the lecture with his favorite subject that has little to do with the class and everything to do with that which involves the private lives of the students and the Professor.

Dare our student speak a reproachful statement?

Nay!

He listens dutifully, taking careful notes, and vomiting the Professor's prejudice back on the final paper for the sweet smell of a passing grade for the class, almost a reflex like one of Pavlov's dogs responding to the bell to receive the treat.

It is called the "game" because as soon as our hero leaves the University, he takes a long shower, forgets everything he ever learned in that school, and learns all that he should have at his job. The only thing that our student has from the University is a slip of paper that says that he can stay in the "game," puke back the garbage fed to him, and smile while doing it like a good student.
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