Not on my dime

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My son and I have had many conversations about SJWs (“social justice warriors”) on our college campuses and we share a common point of view: Colleges are where kids go to learn how to live away from home, how to get along with others, how to accept the responsibility for going to class and learning what they’re supposed to be learning — all this to be accomplished in relative safety and security before the final jump-off into the real world. Nobody promised “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” or freedom from perceived “microaggressions.” These are precisely the sorts of things college students should be learning to deal with before they graduate into the real world of grown-ups where nobody will have the time or inclination to give them trigger warnings or carefully tiptoe around their delicate, easily bruised sensitivities.

Carrying on the way they do, disrupting their college campuses for themselves and for everyone else on campus who might actually be trying to get an education, is unacceptable. I wouldn’t pay tuition for any “student” who was so disruptive and disinterested in getting an education. And I wouldn’t donate to or support any college or university that put up with such nonsense on their campus.

17 thoughts on “Not on my dime

  1. I totally agree, Trouble is some get too much molleycoddling at home during their early schooling, receive no discipline from their parents and the teachers are not allowed to correct this early on.

    A good whack from the headmasters cane never did me, or anybody that I grew up with, any harm, in fact I do believe quite the opposite.

    You go to school/college/university to learn, then learn!

    1. Yep, the colleges aren’t there to dish out further molleycoddling. They’re there to help people finally grow up and get ready for the adult world they’re about to enter.

      Does this sort of thing happen at Australian colleges?

    2. Sir…you have hit the nail squarely on the head, and people say that society is getting better….NOT!

  2. I haven’t heard or read of it happening here, my daughter Sarah just loved the environment, that’s probably why she keeps signing on to get back for more degrees. I do believe those that go to our universities go with the proper attitude and are grateful for being accepted into them, most of our undergraduates have earned their place through study and examinations, those that actually buy their way in are very much a minor group (excluding the Chinese and Indians et al who pay big money for entrance)
    It’s a time of much excitement sadness and pleasure at the end of each year when the Universities publish the names of all the students that have been invited to enroll for their chosen courses, sadness of course for those that miss out. But then they usually get a second chance or an offer of a place at another institution which offers the same degree’s but not the same prestige.

    1. That’s exactly the attitude I expect to see from students who’ve worked hard to earn the right to apply to and attend college. It’s sad to see dissidents abusing the privilege and taking spaces that should have gone to students who would appreciate them.

    1. I’ve no choice about paying taxes (aside from voting for or against the politicians who write the laws and administer the system). What I had in mind was gifts, donations, tuition, etc., directly from me to the institution. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

  3. Well said. Youngest granddaughter is graduating this month and every other photo seems to reveal a group of kids holding mugs of beer. My daughter showed up last week and burst into tears and said, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Later she did and explained the rough week she had, where all four girs have moved home and several have drinking issues.

    1/ Following college graduation, number one worked in a bar, made big tips, supported a ‘layabout’ Socialist boyfriend and says she will never do it again. She’s sober and back in graduate school working on the teaching degree she abandoned two years ago;

    2/ Number two earned a DUI and as a result of her encounter with the “law” has a “blow and go” device on her car. She’s now in a mandatory ASAP program and has landed a job locally (she finished a graduate degree in science a couple of years ago;

    3/ Number 3 is nine months pregnant, living at home, (boyfriend is in Yemen) and working. Daughter says she will take care of the baby so GD can continue to work;

    4/ Number four is the aforementioned youngest GD who was concussed this spring when she fell off a bar stool.

    Daughter has financial issues, however, I am not giving any more $$ to this adventure.

  4. Absolutely agree. Back in the days of Vietnam War protests I think campus demonstrations were positives because the cause was important, especially to young people who were being sent to participate in senseless warfare by older “armchair soldiers.” The stuff going on now seems awfully petty in comparison and is not useful to society.

    1. The protests today are of no use to anyone. Those protesting are wasting time and money and taking up space instead of getting the education they supposedly went there to get. And they’re disrupting everything for those who are trying to get an education. They’re in for a rude awakening when they leave school and no one recognizes their “safe space” anymore.

  5. I’m with you on this one, PT. One further observation: a college education ain’t what it used to be. It’s all about the money and standards have slipped mightily. From what I read, a serious student can get as good or better education at a community college than at a public university these days. Price does not equal quality and may be even an inverse relationship. The bulk of endowment money goes into administrative salaries, which are through the roof, and into posh infrastructure.

    1. Yes, I understand college has changed a lot. And not for the better. My son, a father of two (13 and 9), has talked about the “education bubble” that he thinks will burst one of these days. Way too much money going to fancy facilities to attract students but doing nothing to improve or maintain the quality of education. And tuition has ballooned to pay for all these non-education-related expenses. This comes on top of our gutting of high school educations. I can’t think of a better way to undermine the US than to destroy or seriously degrade our education system.

... and that's my two cents