Social Justice Warrior in the Classroom
By David Galef
The teacher teaches Hemingway,
“Hills Like White Elephants” of course
not “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
since what 10th-grade English class
would dig the nihilism
the teacher faces down every day
or fondly thinks he does?
The teacher teaches the inequality
between the American and Jig,
between men and women in general.
He gets the students talking
about manipulation, sex, and power.
The teacher teaches how
this situation exists in real life,
carefully skirting whether
abortions are a right women should have
because a few students seem Catholic.
He doesn’t know how to talk about race.
The teacher teaches that this is how
to hear dialogue in between the lines,
that the students have to be careful readers,
because look how people treat each other,
and ends in a self-congratulatory mood,
boy did I teach well today,
perhaps unaware, but I mean, really?
that the students know this shit already.
David Galef is a shameless hack who’s published over a dozen books, including the novel Flesh, the short story collection My Date with Neanderthal Woman, and the children’s book Tracks. His latest volume is Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook. He’s also the newest editor of the oldest flash fiction magazine on the planet, Vestal Review. Day job: English professor and creative writing program director at Montclair State University. Website www.davidgalef.com; Twitter handle @dgalef.