Colleges used to be tasked with preparing their students for adulthood and steeling them for the ‘real world.’ Exposing students to various ideas and thought was deemed of primary importance so that they would be versed enough to legitimately form their own opinions and outlook. Debate and rhetoric were the order of the day- indeed part of the core curriculum.
Today? Not so much.
Donald Trump may have shocked the world with his victory in the American presidential election, but it is certain that his success sent vast numbers of college students and professors into deranged hysterics. How did these stately old institutions of higher learning handle their charges mental and emotional breakdowns? They capitulated- and coddled the craven and cowering class. They didn’t just tolerate the tantrums of those stunned, repulsed, and frightened by exposure to views other their own, they helped them in their transition back to…kindergarten.
The University of Michigan actually provided its traumatized tykes with coloring books and Play-Doh in an attempt to calm them. The University of Kansas has therapy dogs standing by for those unglued by Trump’s triumph. Tufts University offered arts and crafts sessions to its devastated kiddies. Cornell University, an Ivy League school founded in 1865, held a campus-wide “cry-in,” with school officials handing out hot chocolate and facial tissues. They should be handing out the Kleenex to the parents of the college’s young scholars, since many are shelling out most or all of the $31,000-$54,000 a year that it costs to have their offspring attend this pricey pre-school!
At campuses around the nation, professors canceled classes and/or exams, either because students asked them to do so or because they were too distraught to teach. When classes resume they can throw their hands up in the air with their students and say, “So big…you are sooo big!”
What would I say to the delicate debutantes and fragile frat-boys?
“The wheels on the bus are falling off♪
The wheels on the bus are falling off♫
And you guys are clowns!”