Wednesday, February 8, 2012

College Courses "Occupy" Students

            Ask ten different people what “Occupy Wall Street” is about, and you’re likely to get ten different answers. As is the case with most historical events, the factors leading up to the climax – in this case, the long-term sit-in protests – are complex.

There is no doubt that the protest is a reaction to the economic downturn that currently plagues the U.S. and the rest of the world. Numerous factors, including unwise mortgage lending practices, labor unions demanding unrealistic compensation from already stressed businesses, outrageous government spending, and a dependency on foreign oil, have contributed to the recession. People are out of work, businesses are closing, and the government doesn’t know how to bring us out of our downward spiral.

            That said, I have to wonder what it is that the Occupy protesters expect to accomplish by continuing to camp out in city parks. The movement is disorganized and ineffective. Maybe it’s time to regroup and consider finding solutions to our economic problems. We get it – our economy is in a slump and you don’t like it. Now what are you going to do about it? Protesting is so last year.

            If you appreciate irony, consider today’s news about Roosevelt University, NYU, and Columbia offering “Occupy Wall Street” political science courses this semester. Students will learn about “corporate greed” and “the division of wealth.” Where are these students ever going to find jobs if they take classes like that?              Oh yeah...academia.

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