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:
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.
This 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.
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.