I am back to active blogging. I sat Shiva for my father and took 8 days off. Thank you very much for all the support and positive comments on my last post. It really meant a lot.
Now to my griping.
I caught an article over at the New Yorker Magazine titled THE BIG UNEASY What’s roiling the liberal-arts campus? about the goings on on Oberlin and other college campuses.
About halfway down the article the president of Oberlin, Marvin Krislov, was interviewed and said: “I don’t know if it’s related to the way we parent, I don’t know if it’s related to the media or the pervasive role of technology—I’m sure there are a lot of different factors—but what I can tell you is that every campus I know is investing more resources in mental health. Students are coming to campuses today with mental-health challenges that in some instances have been diagnosed and in some instances have not. Maybe, in previous eras, those students would not have been coming to college.”
I would have to agree with President Krislov, it has to do with the way these kids were parented which caused these kids to have a mental illness. It’s called extreme liberalism.
The article features an interview with Oberlin dropout Cyrus Eosphoros. Eosphoros caught the attention of the author for leading a demand for a trigger warning on the tragedy Antigone.
Eosphoros dropped out of Oberlin because the school was just too racist and oppressive for him to handle.
“There’s this persistent, low-grade dehumanization from everyone,” he said. “Somebody will be, like, ‘Yeah, I had a class with a really great professor, and it was wonderful,’ and I’ll be sitting there, like, ‘Oh, yes, that was the professor who failed me for getting tuberculosis,’ or ‘That was the professor who, because I have double time on exams, scheduled them during lunch.’”
The author postulates “some would call such students oversensitive.” No. Shit.
I highly doubt that Eosphoros was flunked out for getting tuberculosis. No professor would every say “I’m flunking you because you got sick.” Ever. Eosphoros most likely flunked because he missed too many days of class because he got sick. Here’s the thing. Oberlin has a medical leave of absence available for students who have to take off due to sickness. Eosphoros probably didn’t fill out the right paperwork and just stopped showing up. That’s not the professors fault.
How about double time? Well as someone who has taught classes in a university, the professor probably has limited time to proctor the exam. You can’t really give up office hours that other students need access to. The other times of the day are booked for class. So a lunch hour is the most convenient time. Too bad Eosphoros can’t appreciate the extent to which the professor went to accommodate his special needs.
If it was just one student, that would be one thing. But it’s not just Eosphoros, it is the student body.
Robert Bonfiglio, the chair of the Student Union Board said about the student body “People are so amazed that other people could have a different opinion from them that they don’t want to hear it.”
Jasmine Adams, a senior and a member of the black-student union, said: “I literally am so tired of learning about Marx, when he did not include race in his discussion of the market!”
Wow. I am almost at a loss for words. For this kid, simply being indoctrinated as a Marxist-Communist isn’t enough. That’s passe at this point. She needs her anti-capitalism flavored with some good ol’ fashioned race hate and bigotry.
“As a person who plans on returning to my community, I don’t want to assimilate into middle-class values. I’m going home, back to the ’hood of Chicago, to be exactly who I was before I came to Oberlin.”
Now I want to know why Jasmine Adams wanted to go to Oberlin. What is the point of going to college if not to try to and better yourself. What is the point of spending $49,928 per year to go back to the ghetto and life that ghetto life?
More than thirteen hundred students signed a petition calling for the college to eliminate any grade lower than a C for the semester, but to no avail. “Students felt really unsupported in their endeavors to engage with the world outside Oberlin.”
These kids sent a petition to the President of Oberlin demanding stipends for protesting and credit for social activism. They claim that their activism is interfering with their schooling and they needs to have their grades fixed to accommodate their busy social justice work.
Let me address these student’s concerns:
As students, it is true that you are the customers of the school. But allow me to clarify what it is that your tuition pays for. It is not for grades. It is not for a degree. It is for the services of the professors to teach you the fundamental skills various accreditation boards have decided you need to know to obtain your desired degree. You have to put in the effort to learn what you are paying for us to teach you. Just because you spent nigh on $50,ooo per year doesn’t mean that you deserve a good grade. If you didn’t hold up your end of the bargain, to try and learn from those who are teaching, you don’t deserve anything but to fail. Protesting and activism is not why you are in school. If your focus is not on your education, you are wasting your money and your professors’ time.
There is something seriously wrong with these kids. They are broken and they system that made them is broken too. I just hope that education survives this SJW movement.