Thursday, May 22, 2014

College Kids Encouraged to Eschew Education That Isn't Brainwashing

I just found an utterly fascinating article on the state of college kids’ minds. So fascinating, in fact, that I’m sharing it with you.

In the admittedly lengthy piece, author Matt Bai acknowledges at least a few truths, including how intolerant America is encouraging its students to be. In an effort to shelter (read: brainwash) our young minds from dissenting opinions, controversy, hurt feelings or possibly just good-old-fashioned thinking, we’re telling them to avoid anything deemed “dissident.”

We tell them to conform, to remain comfortable, to not challenge, not question… not use their brains at all, for heaven’s sake!

But enough of my opining. Here’s the article. I’m sure you’ll find it as fascinating as I did (unless, of course, you’re already brainwashed, in which case you won’t read it at all):

“America's college kids are back and resting at home this week, which is a good thing, because during the long months away they seem to have gone completely out of their minds.

“Last weekend, The New York Times' Jennifer Medina reported on the latest bizarre demand on campus: ‘trigger warnings’ to let students know if the text they're about to study will expose them to some version of misogyny or homophobia, so they aren't unexpectedly traumatized by visions of things that can never be unseen – like, say, every novel written by a white man before 1960. That followed the public floggings of several commencement speakers whose invitations had to be rescinded, including such evildoers as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde and Robert Birgeneau, the former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

“All of this has provoked a torrent of eloquent condemnation from pundits and academics, who worry that our elite universities, in the words of an editorial published in Monday’s Washington Post, are being ‘impoverished by intolerance.’ Which is a reasonable concern, except that it misses the point. It's not the students' fault that they expect to laze around in a world of ideological comfort. It's totally ours.

“There's nothing new about the basic tension between speech and sensitivity on campus. When I was at Tufts in the late '80s, at the height of what we called political correctness, we argued fiercely about whether the military belonged on campus or whether certain faculty members were denied tenure because of their politics. But, by and large, we were primed to have the debate, not chill it…”

There’s a lot more where that came from. Feel free to read the rest right here.

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