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Ahhh, the internet! Maybe these students should of directed their angst with the education department, instead of taking to social media to attack someone (someone that really had nothing to do with their exam). These days people are so quick to jump online and carry on like a pork chop, as soon as they don't like something or someone. I don't believe that these comments were racial motivated but they were still wrong and misdirected.
Everything now is being perceived as racist, sexist or some sort of ...ist or ...phobic. It's only ever a few small, annoying, loud people who get the attention for being sensitive buttons.
The authorities who allow such stupid exam questions need to be held accountable for the mess they have created. They set the whole thing off. Fancy asking a question that was totally irrelevant and incorrect for the poem ! How incompetent, lazy, and dumb could they be? And they are supposedly trained educators. No doubt the question was checked by several layers of equally dumb people before the exam was signed off. The exam results affect both further education and career prospects for those sitting the exam; they have significant adverse consequences. The student anger may have been fueled by fury at an exam question they could not answer. There is too much of this incompetence in our education systems. There have been maths exams that asked for opinions (instead of real problem solving and calculations), and for students to formulate mathematical calculations around completely irrelevant "latest trendy untested theories" that are completely impossible to analyse mathematically. Its verging on criminal for education authorities to be allowed to get away with this. No wonder our own kids cant compete with students from other countries.
Its a bit like the people who thought if the words "Smart State" appear on enough documents and in the press, suddenly smartness will be the result. Simplistic, mindless, vacuous crap.
I agree with OP that the reaction treating the student response as deliberately racist is wrong, but it is also an example of jumping to opinions without checking any of the facts, and lazy thinking - which permeates right up to the top of our government and bureaucracy. No wonder we have a problem with it in general society.
It's frustrating af!! I'm glad you posted this. What annoys me also is the way the media report about people being "outraged" and "offended" by every little thing! Like as an example halloween costumes. People are offended by cultural misappropriation! Apparently you can't play dressups anymore. Can't wear a Pocahontas costume, or an indian costume or dress up as a bloody monkey I'm sure because it's offensive to monkies.