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Do you have to be a sociopath to take Sociology?

Posted in Educational, Sociology with tags , , on January 24, 2008 by attemptedmustache

A mustache ain’t much more than a shock absorber… and I really wish I had one today.

You know, I don’t know why this is, but I’ve got to say, I cannot seem to understand why specifically Ed Majors–though others are to blame as well–seem to feel the incessant need to continually dog on Sociology. I just don’t get it! I’ve encountered this conversation on more than a couple occasions; it’s typical, and it is elitist, but for some reason Ed students seem to get off on this ‘holier than thou’ attitude when it comes to their degree. I could have easily gotten into the Education program and I chose against it, so why is my choice to be a Soc Major any less valuable?

Truth is, it really urks me when I hear these redundant comments towards Sociology as a discipline. I love my degree, and I am always in complete awe of my professors, the material I study, the terminology, aims and practices of the field. Sociology is a completely rational, challenging, stimulating academic field, and it takes a clever person to excel in it. So whats with all the attitude, why do people feel that a degree in Sociology has no value, and under what criteria are they making these assumptions?
I’m more than frustrated, I’m curious.

The reality is, perhaps if more of the academic population actually had a background in Sociology (even just minimal knowledge of Sociological thought) there wouldn’t be so many shitty teachers out there in the first place. Along the road we’ve all run into more than a few run-of-the-mill teachers, the ones that seem to thoughtlessly mold the minds of the youth to fit the kinds of social norms that create instability in society.
Yep, teachers causing Sociocide, so to speak. hah.

Way to go guys!

Truth is, I have a lot of respect for Educators (see, I even gave them a capital ‘E’), I believe if they’re good at what they do, they perform an invaluable role in society. However, I just wish that more people would recognize Sociology as a legitimate discipline, and stop jumping on the ignorant band-wagon that seems to deny it the respect it deserves.
It is a sad reality when the majority of the population still blindly adheres to the belief that the natural sciences deserve superiority over the social sciences. Have we all only come this far? Or, are we just programed to believe in some previously determined set of scientific principles?

Where is Foucault when you need him?