Is anyone at CCSF paying attention?
I registered for Poli-Sci 1, “American Government” at City College this semester. I expected, per the course catalog description, an overview of our government, its evolution, how the various Federal and local branches work, the US and state constitutions, etc. I was taking this not only to fulfill my degree requirement, but because as a responsible citizen, I am truly interested in filling the gaps in my knowledge of how our government works.
That expectation was not to be fulfilled. It was clear from the start that this particular instructor’s version is simply a rebranded sociology class. Take for example, the films that we are required to watch: “Real Women Have Curves”, “Glengarry Glenross”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. While these movies may provide some insight into modern American society, none of them have anything to do with our governmental processes. The study points and questions all share the same vague relationship to the supposed subject.
Further proof of the irrelevancy of the material is expressed in a disclaimer at the beginning of the required textbook – a tome edited by the teacher himself – which plainly admits that the selected writings are pertinent exclusively to social issues. The writings wax on topics like classism, racism, and comparing economic systems. This note suggests that a companion book should be used to cover subjects about actual American government, yet there is no mention (much less a requirement) of any other book in the class syllabus.
Needless to say, I dumped this class. Selling your book (and your agenda) at the expense of the accepted curriculum is more than unethical. It’s fraud.