George Will reminds me why I won’t be sending my kids off to college December 7, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, family, foolishness, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
Maybe they’ll live at home and go to college. Maybe they’ll be religious. But I won’t be sending my kids to live away from home so leftist academics can undo everything I’ve struggled to accomplish in raising my kids, and go into massive debt to pay for the privilege! Especially not after George Will categorizes some of the most recent idiocies on campuses around the country, which is only a very partial list, and misses several egregious incidents like the screaming bullying of fellow students and administrators at Dartmouth and Yale:
University of Missouri law students, who evidently cut class the day the First Amendment was taught, wrote a social media policy that included this: “Do not comment despairingly [disparagingly?] on others.” [The fruit of edumacation?] A grammatically challenged Ithaca College professor produced this cri de coeur regarding the school’s president: “There have been a litany of episodes and incidents during [his] tenure here which have led to frustration because, when brought to his attention, the view of the protesters is that he has been unresponsive.” Symptomatic of Ithaca’s intellectual flavor is another professor, who says agriculture is “capitalist, racialized patriarchy.” [????]
The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, an irony-free campus, declared the phrase “politically correct” a microaggression. [Definition of “microagression”: anything a leftist doesn’t like and can not argue against] The master of Yale’s Pierson College said his regrettable title reminds distressed students of slavery. Wesleyan University’s student government threatened to cut the school newspaper’s funding because it published a column critical of campus leftists. Wesleyan created a “safe space,” a.k.a. a house, for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf—, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism). [The point of an acronym is brevity. This one is utterly out of hand. How about perverts, instead?]
A Washington State University professor said she would lower the grade of any student who used the term “illegal immigrants” when referring to immigrants here illegally. Another Washington State professor warned in his syllabus that white students who want “to do well” in his “Introduction to Multicultural Literature” should show their “grasp of history and social relations” by “deferring to the experiences of people of color.” Another Washington State teacher, in her syllabus for “Women & Popular Culture,” warned that students risk “failure for the semester” if they use “derogatory/oppressive language” such as “referring to women/men as females or males.” [IOW, you better totally submit to my screaming fits of hysteria or I’ll fail you. Tell me this is not about power, and nothing else.]
The University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, worried that students might be uncomfortable with gender-specific pronouns (“he,” “she,” “him,” “her”), suggests gender-neutral noises (“ze,” “hir,” “xe,” “xem,” “xyr”). The University of California system’s sensitivity auditors stipulated that “hostile” and “derogatory” thoughts include “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” and “America is the land of opportunity.” The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s list of racial microaggressions includes “America is a melting pot” and “There is only one race, the human race.”
……Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it is insufficiently inclusive regarding women without vaginas and men who, as the saying goes, “self-identify” as women. “Gender,” said a student, “is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions,” and the show “is inherently reductionist and exclusive.” [And thus we see how the Revolution eats its own. For years, The Vagina Monologues was presented on college campuses as virtually required viewing for right-thinking young people little leftist bullies. But the Revolution has moved on, its usefulness is done, and so it goes down the memory hole]
Writing in the University of California at Berkeley paper, two geographically challenged students objected to a class featuring Plato and Aristotle and other “economically privileged white males from five imperial countries (England, France, Germany, Italy and the United States).” [That one had me rolling] A branch of the University of California at Irvine’s student government passed a resolution against the display of flags….. the resolution said flags are “weapons for nationalism” and “construct” dangerous “cultural mythologies and narratives” and “paradigms of conformity” and “homogenized standards” and interfere with “designing a culturally inclusive space.” [What I find most amazing about today’s college leftists is their complete lack of self-awareness, or indeed any sense of irony. This little Nazi is lecturing about “paradigms of conformity” from the most stiflingly conformist places in the entire West, universities.]
Students on Columbia University’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board suggested trigger warnings for persons who might be traumatized by reading, say, Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” wherein some myths portray bad sexual behavior. But a feminist blog warned that the phrase “trigger warning” itself needs a warning attached to it because it might remind people of guns. But, then, the word “warning” might [substitute word for “trigger”] fright.
It’s the 60s all over again. The inmates have taken over the asylum. Today’s Jacobins are sending the elder Girondists out to pasture as the Revolution once again eats itself, metamorphosizes, and emerges even more radical than before.
I hope the entire bloody, corrupt system implodes on itself, but I’m not as hopeful there’s likely to be a popping of the higher education bubble anytime soon as some.