Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dispatches from SAT Land

In which Chinese political repression comes face-to-face with freewheeling American values:

(while discussing a critical reading passage containing the word “protest”)

Student: I actually don’t know what protest means.

Me: Well, it’s when people disagree with an authority, and they want to show publicly that they disagree.

Student: But how do you do it?

Me: Well, you go on the street, hold signs, that sort of thing.

(Beat.)

Student: Is it the same thing as a parade?

Me: No, parades are fun, you protest against something.

(Longer beat.)

Student: So, it’s an angry parade.