Ever-spoiled, never ed­u­cated

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

I am to­tally flum­moxed at the sheer stu­pid­ity of what I have just read (“Stu­dents be­rate pro­fes­sor who re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in no-whites ‘Day of Ab­sence,’” Web, May 25). This be­hav­ior does not con­sti­tute a “warn­ing sign”; it is an avalanche.

Ev­er­green State Col­lege is a hip­pie school with no grades or ma­jors. The news there is that “more than 50 fac­ulty mem­bers penned an open let­ter ... to open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor We­in­stein, blam­ing the cam­pus un­rest on his re­fusal to par­tic­i­pate in a no-whites day on cam­pus.” Re­ally? Are we in the Twi­light Zone? Did Amer­ica dis­ap­pear? How much chaos, in­jury and death do we think would fol­low a no-blacks or no-His­pan­ics day on cam­pus? This is racism, pure and sim­ple.

The story con­tin­ues: “It was one of those ex­per­i­men­tal col­leges cre­ated in the late 1960s with a de­clared in­ten­tion of not hav­ing an or­ga­nized cur­ricu­lum in the usual sense: no cour­ses, no grad­ing, very few tests. … There wasn’t much left for it to be other than an ex­ten­sion of so­cial re­sent­ment and pro­gres­sive ide­ol­ogy.” It goes on to dis­cuss a “sim­i­lar in­ci­dent at Yale Univer­sity in 2015 in which stu­dents shouted down a so­ci­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor” try­ing to de­fend an email his wife sent stand­ing up for the right to wear in­ap­pro­pri­ate Hal­loween cos­tumes. Well, we can solve that very quickly; ev­ery­one could go to this non-school wear­ing ‘non-clothes.’

Ac­cord­ing to the Times piece, the stu­dents “bar­ri­caded them­selves within the li­brary and is­sued de­mands of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.” Shouldn’t the ad­min­is­tra­tion be is­su­ing de­mands of the stu­dents?

I can­not be­lieve there are par­ents inane enough to pay good money for their chil­dren to go some­where in or­der to do noth­ing and learn noth­ing so that they can even­tu­ally be­come noth­ing.


Sil­ver Spring

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