We've talked about The Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea from their formation to the present day and examined how they've changed overtime. Specifically, we've looked at how all repression isn't the same and how all of these regimes relaxed standards over time.
Iran is the most recent that we've been discussing and my students were trying to make sense of government relaxation of standards combined with an increase in vigilante enforcement of antiquated social standards. Here's the connection:
Student: So the government is easing up, but individual people are starting to enforce the old rules on people anyway?
Me: Yes. Some people believe the old way was better for their society so they keep higher standards than the government.
Student: So it's like how you make us have correct uniform but none of our other teachers care?
Me: ...all of your teachers care.
Boom! I see what you did there student. My response would've been much more convincing if it wasn't preceded with 20 seconds of silence from me at 20 seconds of laughter from my students.
Glad my students think I'm the resident uniform fundamentalist in the building. Hey, at least they understand the content.
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