As Snowflakes Melt Down, Is It Their Professors’ Fault? *Open Thread*

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In response to the question posed in the title, I think many of us would instinctively respond, “Hell to the yes!” Or words to that effect.

Well, George Will essentially said the same, though in a bit more erudite way, as is his wont. His recent column, “Did Academic Help Elect Trump?,” addresses this very issue. Some of the facts Will reports in his column are just mind-boggling to me. I bet they will be to you. To Will’s column:

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Academia should consider how it contributed to, and reflects Americans’ judgments pertinent to, Donald Trump’s election. The compound of childishness and condescension radiating from campuses is a constant reminder to normal Americans of the decay of protected classes — in this case, tenured faculty and cosseted students.

As “bias-response teams” fanned out across campuses, an incident report was filed about a University of Northern Colorado student who wrote “free speech matters” on one of 680 “#languagematters” posters that cautioned against politically incorrect speech. Catholic DePaul University denounced as “bigotry” a poster proclaiming “Unborn Lives Matter.” Bowdoin College provided counseling to students traumatized by the cultural appropriation committed by a sombrero-and-tequila party. Oberlin College students said they were suffering breakdowns because schoolwork was interfering with their political activism. Cal State University, Los Angeles established “healing” spaces for students to cope with the pain caused by a political speech delivered three months earlier. Indiana University experienced social-media panic (“Please PLEASE PLEASE be careful out there tonight”) because a priest in a white robe, with a rope-like belt and rosary beads was identified as someone “in a KKK outfit holding a whip.”

A doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Santa Barbara uses “feminist methodologies” to understand how Girl Scout cookie sales “reproduce hegemonic gender roles.” The journal GeoHumanities explores how pumpkins reveal “racial and class coding of rural versus urban places.” Another journal’s article analyzes “the relationships among gender, science and glaciers.” A Vassar lecture “theorizes oscillating relations between disciplinary, pre-emptive and increasingly prehensive forms of power that shape human and non-human materialities in Palestine.”

Oh. Dear. LORD. The one about the priest is telling in about a thousand different ways, including that it is clear these young people are completely ignorant and un-churched, at least in terms of Catholicism or Anglicanism. WOW. KKK indeed. Holy smokes.

safe-space-play-pen-college-crybulliesThis seemingly pervasive need for “safe spaces” for these delicate children, even months later after an event that might upset their systems, is pathological. I mean, really. What the hell with this?? If they are SO disturbed by hearing opinions or thoughts that are different from their own they have to go lie in the fetal position somewhere sucking their thumbs, presumably repeating, “Lalalalalalalala,” lest the thoughts filter in, they have zero place in college. Perhaps a day care would be a more appropriate environment for them.

As I am sure you suspected, there is more. And this explains a WHOLE lot about why these young people are so clueless about our country:

[…]

An American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) study — “No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major,” based on requirements and course offerings at 75 leading colleges and universities — found that “the overwhelming majority of America’s most prestigious institutions do not require even the students who major in history to take a single course on United States history or government.” Often “microhistories” are offered to history majors at schools that require these majors to take no U.S. history course: “Modern Addiction: Cigarette Smoking in the 20th Century” (Swarthmore College), “Lawn Boy Meets Valley Girl” (Bowdoin College), “Witchcraft and Possession” (University of Pennsylvania).

At some schools that require history majors to take at least one U.S. history course, the requirement can be fulfilled with courses like “Mad Men and Mad Women” (Middlebury College), “Hip-Hop, Politics and Youth Culture in America” (University of Connecticut) and “Jews in American Entertainment” (University of Texas). Constitutional history is an afterthought.

Small wonder, then, that a recent ACTA-commissioned survey found that less than half of college graduates knew that George Washington was the commanding general at Yorktown; that nearly half did not know that Theodore Roosevelt was important to the construction of the Panama Canal; that more than one-third could not place the Civil War in a correct 20-year span or identify Franklin Roosevelt as the architect of the New Deal; that 58 percent did not know that the Battle of the Bulge occurred in World War II; and that nearly half did not know the lengths of the terms of U.S. senators and representatives. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Okay. Someone PLEASE explain to me how an American student can major in History in an American University and not have to know SOMETHING about AMERICAN HISTORY?? I mean, besides pop culture references?!

Just remember – these snowflakes are going to be running this country soon. Doesn’t that scare the bejeezus out of you? Sure does me.

George Will concludes that the attitudes, the hysteria, prevalent on campuses these days are exactly the things that enabled the rise of someone like Trump (and you know Will isn’t a Trump fan). In other words, as these young people continue to scream and yell and stamp their feet about this recent Election, the bottom line is this: they have no one to blame but themselves and their professors. Their actions, their lack of historical perspective, their flocking to Socialism as if it’s a GOOD thing, have all helped contribute to the rise of Trump.

So yes, what these university professors are teaching – or not – has contributed to this election outcome.

Follow me on Twiddle my thumbs.Hell, now the REST of us need a safe room. Ain’t that a kicker? Move over, kiddies, and make room for us old folks.We’re going to need to sit a spell after this election and take an emotional load off. Then again, we need to because we actually DO have historical perspectives, and know a little bit about these United States. For starters, we know that in elections there are winner and losers, not winners and Whiners. You young’uns would fall into that latter category, in case you didn’t catch that. That is not micro-aggression – it is full on disgust at your unbelievable immaturity.

Hey, here’s a thought before I close this out: maybe you kids can download a copy of the Constitution onto your iPhones, and read how the Government and peaceful transfer of Power works. You know, instead of continuing to throw your temper tantrums and beg off from your college classes because you are just too upset that you didn’t get your way. Oh, and grow up while you are at it – that goes for your professors, too.

That’s what I think anyway. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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50 Responses to “As Snowflakes Melt Down, Is It Their Professors’ Fault? *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great, great Post Rev Amy. And facts and truths that need to be repeated until every one knows them. Even the ignorant students at some of our prestigious universities.

    Trump is the result of the right allowing our education system to be high-jacked by the left.

    BLM is the result of the right cowering while being called racists if they dare disagree with anything Obama said.

    The right is as much to blame as the left for Trump. There are few heroes or sheroes.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      And BTW, terrific cartoons!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Marge! Just so you know, I channeled my inner Marge to find those cartoons! 🙂

      You are spot on abt the Right. Had they stood firm, we would not have Common Core today, a horrible set of curricula not even written by Educators. I mean, REALLY – how does THAT happen?!

      Sadly, you are right abt the lack of s/heroes these days…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Michael Goodwin: Dear liberals: Start practicing the empathy you preach

    http://nypost.com/2016/11/20/dear-liberals-start-practicing-the-empathy-you-preach/

    Dear Mr. Goodwin: Don’t hold your breath.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding – at least Goodwin will pass out before too much harm is done to him. Hope he’s sitting down. But yeah, apparently liberals have empathy only for themselves…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The Federalist had another good article on this whole Education thing: http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/21/k-12-teachers-infantilize-students-trumps-win

    Here’s the thing – kids should have NO IDEA what political affiliation teachers are unless they are teaching Poli Sci and only then if it is germane to the discussion. It is appalling that teachers are indoctrinating kids and sharing their political perspectives. That is NOT their jobs.

    One of the educators quoted in the article linked had this to say: Any political speech from teachers is a violation of public trust, said Matt Frendewey, who works in education policy.

    “Any teacher should use common sense. They’re a public employee, they’re put into a place of trust, they’re using tax dollars and public resources,” he said. “To promote a candidate over another candidate is an offense on two levels. The first is just the right use of public resources. Number two, it’s a violation of trust. Parents need to trust that they can enroll their kid into a school and know that their own tax dollars aren’t going to be used to politicize.”

    Amen to that!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Teachers, like Journalists, should be completely unbiased. As you say, kids should have no idea what party affiliation their teachers espouse. Ditto readers and watchers of media.

      If seems to me that the left doesn’t have much faith in it’s agenda if they must propagandize to promote it.

      And the right, for the most part, either have no principles or are afraid to make them public.

  6. helenk3 Says:

    remember the teachers learned the bomber billy ayres doctrine and passed it on to the kids.
    A lot of them went to college and took classes to become teachers, to avoid the draft

  7. helenk3 Says:

    a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday

  8. helenk3 Says:

  9. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8427

    university professors think trump supporters should be expelled

    well you see there is diversity, and then there is diversity and never the twain shall meet

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Actually I am of the opinion that most university professors aren’t able to think. Not rationally anyway.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    John Hawkins: I’m Already Sick of the Liberal Tantrum Over Trump

    Even though I was #nevertrump, I’m already so sick of listening to liberals whine about Trump that I’m tempted to throw on a “Make America Great Again” hat for no other reason than just to piss them off. You’re upset about Trump winning? Well, guess what? Conservatives were upset about Obama winning twice. Welcome to the party, pal.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2016/11/19/im-already-sick-of-the-liberal-tantrum-over-trump-n2247788

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH, I am SO there with Hawkins on this. I am so sick of the whining, complaining, rending of garments, and all that the Left is engaging in constantly.

      And old friend of mine, an ATTORNEY who should know better, had something up abt how this wasn’t like a soccer game where you shake hands after the contest is over and move on. I replied that it most certainly IS like that. This is how elections are done in this country – one side wins, and one side loses. It would be NICE if both sides were gracious. The Left expected all those who didn’t want Obama to immediately suck it up, get over it, they won, and nyeah, nyeah, nyeah.

      Now that the shoe is on the other foot, they are being the sorest losers I have seen, well, EVER. We didn’t act like this when Reagan won, or Bush won – either one of them. We may have grumbled, but that was the extent of it. Now, people I have known for years who were not all that political have GOTTEN political and firing off letters, emails, calls to their representatives abt everything Trump has done so far – particularly on Bannon.

      Hate it for them, but he is an EXECUTIVE appointment, nothing they can do abt it. Same way we haven’t been able to do a damn thing abt ValJar.

      Big babies.

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Helen, this was in our paper today. I immediately thought of you since it is both abt your beloved Philly AND trains! Here’s the link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/philadelphia-turning-railroad-ruins-elevated-rail-park-172820853.html

    • helenk3 Says:

      As long as they check the ground thoroughly for cancer causing agents it is a great idea. I hate to be a wet blanket but rail yards have years of grounds that are soaked with diesel fuel, harmful chemicals from engines and cars. Look up Paoli Yard super fund clean up from several years ago. There were freight cars carrying all kinds of chemicals parked in these yards to be added to different trains.
      I hope all this has been checked out before ground breaking.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Helen, I am so, so sorry to hear that! Your poor family must be reeling. That is just HEARTBREAKING!!

        And you raise a very important concern. I sure hope they check, too.

        My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, dear Helen…

    • helenk3 Says:

      https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/paolirailyard5yrpndec2015.pdf

      the reason I am so concerned about the rail park is we just had another death from cancer in our extended family. My late son-in law’s brother just died last week from cancer. that is the 4 th brother. In my family I have had 1 niece and 2 nephews die from cancer. All of they lived near the old baldwin locomotive works. it has been closed for years but as kids they all sneaked in and played there.

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Good grief, Rep. Ellison is even worse than I thought. I agree with the author – he shouldn’t even be in the House with his ties to the terrorist organization, Muslim Brotherhood: http://therightscoop.com/oops-keith-ellison-took-trip-mecca-funded-muslim-brotherhood/

    • helenk3 Says:

      I did not know he was so close to farraghan. so was backtrack. just a continuation of evil?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yeah – Ellison has his hands in it deep. That he is so connected to the Muslim Brotherhood is unbelievably troubling. And that he is running to be the head of the DNC says something…

  14. piper Says:

    We survived Obama and we’ll survive Trump.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Speaker Paul Ryan was unanimously re-elected Speaker of the House Tuesday. Republicans now have the House and the Senate and the White House. Any idiot could get the GOP agenda passed into law, but GOP lawmakers have proven time and time again that they aren’t just any idiots.

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s Why Progressives Lose Their Minds When They Lose Elections

    Students are huddling in safe spaces to cry it out, protestors are storming the streets shouting #NotMyPresident, and celebrities and media personalities are in hysterics. “Saturday Night Live“ appears to have had a mental breakdown, abandoning comedy for mourning. Left-wing commentators are fighting each other on the air, and the New York Times is panicked that it has lost all credibility. In all, it appears as if Armageddon has happened.

    Meanwhile, as people on the Left who are honestly seeking to understand how they lost have already recognized, there is an obvious explanation of how we got to this point. In several passionate—and vulgar—responses to the loss, the Left has correctly pointed out that you cannot call people racists and misogynists over and over and expect them to lie down and take it. At some point, they are going to turn around give you the middle finger and yell something that, as one author put it, “begins with an F and ends with a U.”

    http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/21/heres-progressives-lose-minds-lose-elections/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I almost used that very photo in this post! It is perfect, isn’t it?

      And the Federalist author is SPOT ON – people, especially people who are neither racists NOR misogynists or homophobes, are going to stand up at some point to the bullies who keep putting them down.

      Thanks for this!

  17. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/nov/21/school-bus-crashes-talley-road/399032/

    prayers needed big time

  18. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/11/hud-gives-poor-rent-money-live-higher-opportunity-areas-lower-poverty/

    how soon will backtrack be gone??????

  19. helenk3 Says:

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/soros-funded-group-pushing-sanctuary-campus-anti-trump-protests/

    can we stop federal and state money from going to fund these “schools”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good heavens. We have seriously lost the edge in this country, and these professors/Administrators who are pushing this infantile behavior are just as bad as the young people. No, they are worse. They are adults – presumably – and should know better.

  20. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/12/oberlin_college_denies_request.html

    OOPS Reality bites

  21. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.blacklivesmatterexposed.com/black-lives-matter-protesters-are-going-to-the-classroom/?utm_content=bufferf649f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    add this bunch to the mix. blm going to teach in classrooms

    forget the future of a great nation

  22. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This piece is truly disturbing when you see the scope of what this Administration and the Transgender lobby have accomplished, especially HHS: http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/22/transgender-lobbys-demands-not-civil-rights

    Specifically, check out how HHS has amended Title IX under Obamacare. In my opinion, this is child abuse, and it makes me wonder what the hell the parents are doing: For example, in May, while most people were beckoning the end of another school year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implemented a dangerous and unprecedented mandate for health professionals, insurance companies, and anyone who cares about freedom of expression. HHS passed the mandate in May and it goes into effect on a rolling basis, so some parts are already in effect.

    It requires 1) “that doctors must perform gender transition procedures on children even when those procedures may be physically and emotionally harmful to the child” 2) affects “nearly all doctors in the U.S.” and “some portions of the rule will force qualified medical professionals to perform gender transition procedures such as puberty suppression, cross-hormone therapy, and plastic surgery on children,” and 3) “will force virtually all private insurance companies and many employers to cover gender transition procedures or face severe penalties and legal action.”

    Bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? In fact, bet most people don’t even know it exists. But indeed it does, and HHS created it from the basis of a tiny section–1557–of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), “which prohibits discrimination ‘on the ground prohibited under . . . title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972’”

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