I was prepared to lose. I was prepared to sit down in front of a bottle of tequila with my cousin and literally suck it up. I was prepared to look at him after one shot and say, "define 'shots'".
I was NOT prepared for 71.43%. I started out badly too. First guy I asked was from Tax and I just got a blank stare. He's just under 30 and I just shook my head and said, 'it's OK, that's expected'. I explained the situation and left his office. He went back to his mountain of corporate scariness.
The second guy was my boss. He's a few years older than the tax guy and I can't call him brilliant but he's got some serious horse power under the hood. The answer was an immediate no followed by, if I had it in school, I crammed for it, passed and immediately forgot because I didn't give a shit. Honest and direct. It had nothing to do with numbers. Or football. Or drinking games. He's very, VERY good at what he does. Julius Caesar? Wha? Go away. The third was one of the general accountants and she falls into the 25 - 30; soft spoken and easy. I thought, this one reads books, I'm sure of it. She smiled when I walked into her office. I asked the question. She shook her head sadly because she wants to please. I asked, 'no idea?' 'no idea' I prompted (this was the ONLY time I prompted) 'Et tu, Brute?' 'Wha?'
OK, never mind.
The next office I expected to be a dead blow out. I almost didn't go in there because this is a serious introvert. Don't even talk to her she'll squeak and roll under the desk but fair is fair, the door was open. I explained very carefully why I was there and then I asked the question and she opened her mouth and a stream of consciousness came out. OK, it wasn't a stream of consciousness it was one long exhale that had been sitting there waiting for someone to listen. I only got one more no after that first yes and the no was from her father who I swear KNOWS EVERYTHING. He laughed and said, no, that's my daughter, she's the liberal arts, lit girl around here and I'm thinking, she's a freaking audit geek, what the hell?
I did actually get one more no but I had to dump him because he's Brazillian and he's only been here for 4 years. We are not responsible for his education. I almost dumped my guy from Nigeria but his higher education all occurred in this country. He stays. I had a hard time getting him back to work because he got excited again and started looking up paintings he'd forgotten about and then names and dates and came back to me with questions, 'did you know, do you know, do you think?'
There was a lot of back and forth on Facebook this weekend and this morning but this is the final posting:
Moynihan - this survey is officially closed. I have run out of viable bodies and people would *really* like to get back to work. First the criteria I used to validate the pass / fail answers (giving me a date or an additional quote is not a pass).
I selected bodies by walking up and down the halls until I found open doors. I selected the two IT geeks most likely to talk to me immediately. I honestly expected an answer in binary code from one of them.
Question: Do you know the relevance of the Ides of March?
If No, that's OK
If Yes, please tell me how and what you know. The overwhelming majority answered Yes from college history classes. Older students answered Yes from both high school Shakespeare and college history. One Yes was entirely self-educated. I surveyed Corporate Accounting and Tax with the addition of 2 people from the IT department. The majority of the degrees, undergrad and above are Finance, Math and Science; I believe I have one Liberal Arts major on the floor. I did not go to the executive wing, I stopped just short but the final stop was a no (I'm still surprised, he knows EVERYTHING). In the entire survey, 3 of us are over 50, 1 of us *older* people was a no (wasn't me).
Survey Results - 14 surveyed including me:
Total Answer No - 4
1 over 60 (math and science - I think that's relevant specifically because of the demographic)
1 between 30 and 35
2 between 25 and 30
Total Answer Yes - 10
2 between 50 and 55 (math and science and a hybrid - the hybrid is me - relevant because of the demographic)
2 between 45 and 50
2 between 35 and 40
2 between 30 and 35
2 between 25 and 30 (my one liberal arts major is in here)
I don't know what to tell you because when I walked in here I was pretty convinced I was going to lose based on fairly obvious reasons. I did *not*, as agreed upon last week survey any of the Amherst crowd on Saturday.
I do agree, based on government intervention in what US school systems are required to teach and how we are teaching that there is a certain dumbing down occurring in our educational system. Case in point, Romeo and Juliet being taught in 9th grade English with Spark Notes and as opposed to teaching students to understand the language and / or teaching them to annotate. This is a *good* school; it isn't that there aren't funds or time, it's that the value of these skills or the story itself (because it's just not there in Spark Notes, it's lost in translation) are no longer considered relevant. I don't actually agree and I'm not sure we have reached a conclusion or we would have thrown the book out entirely.
I am heartened by the results above.
Do you watch Game of Thrones? I wondered, in the final scene with Jon Snow if anyone understood what was happening because it was brilliantly done. The only thing better would have been if Jon had suddenly spoken in an older language or if Sam had suddenly come back to do the deed.
That concludes this week's social experiment.