Community: NBC’s New Show No Laughing Matter
NBC recently announced its Fall line-up includes a show titled “Community.” As NBC execs. describe it, the comedy is about a group of quirky “losers” at fictional Greendale Community College. The four minute promo video will give you a good sense of just what “Community” is all about. It’s predictably silly, but there is some stinging truth to the description of the populations that one finds enrolled at the local community college.
NBC is touting the comedy as a “smart show about higher education.” Of course, there are ruffled feathers within Academe. The president of the American Association of Community Colleges was quoted as saying, “I would just hope that some day, people will feel like it’s unacceptable to make fun of community college students. Just because we don’t have the exclusive admission standards that Harvard has doesn’t mean that you should feel free to make fun of our students….”
Come on! Community college faculty make fun of their students all the time. Hell, all faculty love to tell those stories. You know the ones. The stories about students who cook up incredibly transparent and ridiculous excuses to get out of work, exams, study groups, etc….Stories about students
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