I don’t want this to be an, “Ugh, my students suck” post. I’m actually curious how you all deal with students who write things, that, well, you might find upsetting. I had students read American Project. I also asked them to go see Venkatesh’s film, “Dislocation” and write a blurb about it. One student sent an essay that said something like this:
These poor people who get public housing don’t deserve it. They’re wasting our tax dollars. Here they are, driving around in cars with cell phones getting free housing with water, electricity. There are lots of people around the world who’d love to have what they have. The only people who deserve public assistance are those who work for it.
I don’t know how to respond. I feel like I should. But part of me thinks, “today is the last day of class. Let it go, and begin your summer.” Any general ideas for how to deal with things like this in a way that works?