Todayâ€™s Daily Outrage courtesy of students at Oberlin College, Ohio, the institution renowned as the first in the nation (in 1835) to open admission to women and all races:
â€œA lot of people here are the first in their families, or in the position where they really have to be the breadwinners as soon as they graduate.â€ They didnâ€™t have the luxury of hours for unpaid activismâ€¦ â€œA lot of us worked alongside community members in Cleveland who were protesting. But we needed to organize on campus as wellâ€”it wasnâ€™t sustainable to keep driving forty minutes away. A lot of us started suffering academically.â€ In 1970, Oberlin had modified its grading standards to accommodate activism around the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings, and Bautista had hoped for something similar. 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. â€œStudents felt really unsupported in their endeavors to engage with the world outside Oberlin,â€ she told me.
Read the whole long piece by Nathan Heller in â€œThe New Yorkerâ€ and weep. From faculty members who believe that the Zionists are responsible for both 9/11 and ISIS to white students arguing they should speak less in class so as to give more space for the marginalised, itâ€™s a microcosm of every trendy idiocy infesting American universities, and to a â€“ much – lesser extent in Australia and elsewhere in the Western world.
Yes, 19-year olds can be pretty dumb and impressionable, and easily influenced and swayed by their peers as well as authority figures, but the rot surely starts earlier. I blame schools, both primary and secondary, which can so woefully under-prepare young people for the challenges of adulthood and life generally. But I also blame the parents, which might not be fair of me, being myself childless and all, and therefore not understanding the pressures and the challenges of parenthood, including as children transition into the â€œdifficultâ€ sullen and rebellious teenagehood. Butâ€¦ Where were the parents while their little snowflakes grew up (thought thatâ€™s probably an overstatement in this context) expecting that not studying should have no consequences? If the schools failed to, why didnâ€™t the parents teach their children that in life not everyone is precious and not everyone is a winner, at least not without working hard for it, and you donâ€™t get a ribbon just for attendance?