Students told to write love letter and rejection letter for final exam
The sign says: "I don't want to write love letters." A class of philosophy students in Taiwan are protesting their final exam. They've been asked to write 3 letters: a love letter, a rejection letter, and a letter to beg for reconciliation. Here's the kicker, each letter must be at least 300 words.
When the new class on "Philosophy of Love" was started by the Department of Philosophy at the Huafan University located in New Taipei City, Taiwan, a lot of students were excited by the topic and over 80 students signed up, but they may have gotten more than they asked for. Right from the beginning, Professor Lu, also the department head, taught them how to break up. That was hard on student couples who were taking the class together, although they also admitted it was interesting. Students were also required to record their dreams and analyze their daily life following Freud's theory about the subconscious mind.
Now they are asked to write three letters for the final exam which requires a love letter, a rejection letter, and a plea for reconciliation. These students think the letter-writing exam is simply too difficult, especially when it comes to writing a rejection letter. They also think it's not necessary to beg for reconciliation when they are already rejected.
Professor Lu explains that his requirement for the letter writing is a way for students to learn to use language to express feelings well. Too much abbreviation and quick responses from texting and social media have stripped young people of the ability to fully express empathy and emotions. It's also an opportunity for students to consider whether love is truly everlasting, or whether falling in love with someone else is immoral.
The protest is partly in jest. One student admits that after learning to write the three letters, she has learned to think more about the different meanings of love.
In the digital age, a lot of conversation has been reduced to abbreviations and simple commands for quick communication. How many people still write a real letter? Email is the most we'd do these days. The younger generation also seems to be more practical about rejections.
So what do you think about the exam? Do you think you can write a 300-word long love letter or rejection letter? I actually agree with the studenta that it's not necessary to beg for reconciliation. Once the other person's heart has changed, it's better to just move on. Do you agree?