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Why Are University Students So Stupidity-Friendly?
American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2020 | Rober Weissberg

Posted on 06/21/2020 7:25:13 AM PDT by Kaslin

The contemporary political landscape is mired in a tsunami of bad ideas. Who would have ever anticipated that defunding police departments, emptying out prisons, eliminating cash bail, free health care, free college, looting as a legitimate form of social protest politics, among other screwball ideas would go mainstream? Socialism? How did views resting on blatant falsehoods jump from the academy’s ideological wet markets to the New York Times?

A full explanation must wait until passions cool, but in the meantime let me offer a personal account based on decades of university teaching where this nonsense initially metastasized from a few quirky campus ideas to a conquering idiocy.

I began teaching government at an ivy league school in 1969. Yes, the students were exceptionally bright, but the faculty were unafraid of pushing them hard and an occasional Marine drill sergeant mentality was necessary. Stupidities were immediately confronted, often sarcastically and grading was tough. Some colleagues especially relished slicing and dicing fools, and students years later, would praise these martinets for “making me think and work hard.” Survivors could boast of a world-class, rigorous education.

Matters began shifting in the '70s as some faculty conflated easier grading (which facilitated student draft deferments) with opposing the War in Vietnam. Affirmative action admission now appeared and while these admittees lagged far behind regular students, most faculty anticipated no long-term harm, believing that blacks would eventually catch up. In any case, faculty still confidently dominated, students were still considered ignorant, and periodically informed of their failings.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: education; politics
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1 posted on 06/21/2020 7:25:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“A full explanation must wait until passions cool, but in the meantime let me offer a personal account based on decades of university teaching where this nonsense initially metastasized from a few quirky campus ideas to a conquering idiocy.“

Now that is a well written sentence.


2 posted on 06/21/2020 7:29:13 AM PDT by iamgalt
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To: Kaslin

Institutionalizing children could cause extreme epigenetic challenges. Compare children institutionalized from specific ages and see what genetic switches have changed without constant family interactio 24/7.


3 posted on 06/21/2020 7:31:59 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Ephesians 6... who you are really at war with)
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To: Kaslin

Prime reason is that colleges removed their stupid filter in order to keep the input supply full. Any university’s true value is inversely proportional to the product of (# of diversity admin staff + studies profs + # of times “diversity” is listed in recruiting material).

A real college wants talent - no matter the color.
A liberal college wants money - no matter the talent.


4 posted on 06/21/2020 7:36:07 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin
I believe it was in WFB's first book — God and Man at Yale — that he described a student publication from the a long-ago era, in which an undergraduate made the observation "perhaps people think we are insipid because we actually are insipid."
5 posted on 06/21/2020 7:37:19 AM PDT by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrats' John Dean])
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To summarize: we’ve handled them with kid gloves for their whole lives and now they’re over-sensitive, entitled little brats.


6 posted on 06/21/2020 7:40:10 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (The greatest wealth is to live content with little. -Plato)
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To: Kaslin

cultural marxism plus Gramsci’s march through institutions


7 posted on 06/21/2020 7:40:40 AM PDT by khelus
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Answer is simple, true life experience. Except what they are told as simple truths when life us complex.


8 posted on 06/21/2020 7:41:17 AM PDT by Retvet (Retvet)
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Because they’d rather die than be seen as judgemental. No real world experience. Survival instinct has been repressed.


9 posted on 06/21/2020 7:43:38 AM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: Kaslin

Because success in the real world is not a goal of universities.

People keep acting as if kids go to school to succeed in “the real world.” That is not the case. Look at the number of CEOs of start up companies and mid sized companies. They are usually started by people with brains, imagination, and drive. These are not things that can be “taught.” They are learned through experience.

Plus, adults these days put too much emphasis on what they read on-line. When was the last time most of us stepped foot on a campus—or sat through a class?

We were “stupid” when we got our education. Kids today are just as “stupid.” Why would we expect ANYTHING from a 22 year old kid?


10 posted on 06/21/2020 7:47:58 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: Steely Tom
Since you mentioned Yale:

#CancelYale

11 posted on 06/21/2020 7:56:34 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Kaslin

I got into an argument on a Facebook booster group for my alma mater last night, the student newspaper there has come out in favor of renaming three buildings that are named for Virginians associated with the Confederacy at some point—Turner Ashby, Stonewall Jackson, and Matthew Maury.

The discussion eventually got shut down by the mods after 500+ messages but what struck me is that while it was actually pretty civil, the side who wanted to preserve the names really got no nastier than slippery-slope arguments and some eyerolling. The pro-change side, on the other hand, called us “turds,” “racists,” “white supremacists,” mocked us, and generally argued with a terrifying level of complete and total smugness. They will not listen to opposing views. Period. They are Right and we are Evil and must be ground under by any means necessary.

}:-)4


12 posted on 06/21/2020 7:56:34 AM PDT by Moose4 (I am father to a teenager. My opinion is invalid.)
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Why Are University Students So Stupidity-Friendly?
Because it’s the easy way out so few don’t fear hard work.


13 posted on 06/21/2020 7:57:30 AM PDT by Vaduz (women and children to be impacIQ of chimpsted the most.)
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Abbott: “Didn’t you go to school,Stupid?”
Costello: “Yeah! And I came out the same way!”


14 posted on 06/21/2020 7:58:10 AM PDT by massmike (If Trump had invented the light bulb,the media would say he's afraid of the dark!)
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To: Kaslin

Because they’ve never tasted death. When a bad choice really leads to death, you’re much more careful about your choices.


15 posted on 06/21/2020 8:02:33 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Moose4

Throw it back in their faces. See my previous. Demand the erasure of FDR because of his internment of Japanese-Americans. Same for Robert Byrd and his association with the KKK. The list goes on and on.

‘The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.’


16 posted on 06/21/2020 8:02:41 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Kaslin

The crowd size is irrelevant. The time has come for President Trump to take the shackles off of the American people. We stand hear waiting for him to solve these problems we see all around us.

With see how are police are being treated, how our country is disrespected, how our kids are indoctrinated, how workers are abused by globalists, how immigrants are just more slave labor, how blacks empower their oppressors, and how fear is used to manipulate our country.

We want to see the National Guard federalized, these rioters put on notice they will be dealt with violently if they continue. We want our police to be respected well trained and worthy of respect. We want our country to be acknowledged for its virtues as well as recognizing its vices. We want American companies held accountable for empowering China and supporting rioters by being made liable for damages they commit.

We want propaganda removed from our schools and made safe and agenda free. We want democrats held accountable for how they run inner cities. We want to stop the abuse of illegal aliens with making it a crime with jail time if they pay any person below minimum wage legal or illegal.

We want hope not fear optimism not gloom. Bring in a new bread of reporters into the press room abandon the television reporters and move to internet reporters that are fair. We need a leader who will lay it all out with us to counter this assault on our county. And if after fighting the good fight and still fail then there will be no regrets and we will prepare for the consequences for the future.


17 posted on 06/21/2020 8:04:10 AM PDT by MagillaX
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To: Kaslin

This commentary pretty well affirms what most of us know to be the situation in today’s colleges.

It is good to get a report from a professor who was on the front lines since the 1970’s.


18 posted on 06/21/2020 8:24:50 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Steely Tom

“I believe it was in WFB’s first book — God and Man at Yale — that he described a student publication from the a long-ago era, in which an undergraduate made the observation “perhaps people think we are insipid because we actually are insipid.” “

Insipid — now there’s a word worthy of wider use on regular basis. So descriptive and so applicable in a variety of situations.


19 posted on 06/21/2020 8:32:24 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Kaslin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgsnyHILdb8&feature=youtu.be


20 posted on 06/21/2020 8:44:56 AM PDT by Don Corleone (The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth)
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