By Ron Hart
Higher education in America continues to fail us. Colleges and universities have priced themselves out of the market by raising tuition at twice the rate of inflation, thus saddling graduates with crippling student loan debt. From taking no responsibility for the quality of their graduate “product” to being liberal indoctrination camps, academia has gone over the cliff.
A study by a Dr. Stotshky for Renaissance Learning concluded that our young college students read at about an 8th grade level. Or, as the Obama Education Department probably reported it, “8th graders now read at the college level.”
Nothing better demonstrates just how out of control this is than the recent lunacy at the University of Missouri, where trumped up, scant-to-nonexistent “facts” led to left-winged hysteria that resulted in a spineless president’s resignation. Led by faux hunger striker and veteran of the Ferguson protests, Jonathan Butler (an African-American Mizzou grad student whose father made $8.4 million last year as an executive with Union Pacific Railroad), Concerned Students 1950 made a list of silly demands. One of them was that UM President Wolfe acknowledge his “white male privilege.” Wolfe became a sheep.
In liberal academia, everything is a sign of oppression, especially when you constantly drum into students’ heads how they have been done so wrong. Using the Democratic Party as the model, the dubious “victim” status has been used as a weapon to bully others. Crybullying has replaced rational persuasion. When leftist adults in charge cower, kids take over. It is not much different than parenting.
Sixty years of socialists running the education system have had the desired effect. Student and faculty protestors want to limit free speech, quash dissenting views, persecute conservatives who do not agree with them, and be absolved of blame for anything they have done wrong. They got the idea from watching the Obama White House for seven years.
Ironically, all the fake racial battles at Missouri really began with graduate students who were mad at President Wolfe for cutting their healthcare coverage. The reason he tried to cut this cost? ObamaCare. If they were educated properly, they would be able to see the facts here.
Even for a good journalism school like Missouri, teachers routinely violate the First Amendment and intimidate the Fourth Estate. Melissa Click, the communications teacher who looks like she still brags about composting (I’d put the over and under on how many cats she owns at 5), personified this practice. She called for “muscle” after semi-assaulting a student photo-journalist covering the students’ little sit-in show.
Instead of playing the football game with the team members who were committed, the wimpy losing Missouri football coach crumbled like a cheap stadium seat. Can you imagine Coach Saban of Alabama allowing that? There are winners and losers, and this tells you why.
This is another issue of accountability of colleges to taxpayers. The Wall Street Journal reported that college presidents and their lobbyists have worked to stop a plan to rate colleges on affordability and outcomes. It was potentially the only good thing Obama had done for education. But by schmoozing politicians and D.C. edu-crats with their sky boxes and taxpayer-paid budgets, college presidents recently worked together to stop this important accountability initiative. A pity.
The way we treat millennial kids today has led us further into the “wussy-fication” of America. These kids fight rapist regimes like Nigeria’s Boko Haram with Twitter hashtags. The greatest generation risked death to liberate Europe, and these coddled kids think if they tweet about something they deserve congratulation. Like the participation trophies from sports they were not good at sitting on their shelves, millennials need to reevaluate themselves.
This also explains why we are being beaten up by Islamic extremists. Today’s college kids think Sharia Law is a daytime TV show about a no-nonsense black lady judge.
Employers, if you are thinking about hiring one of these kids, think again. Evaluate the school, the education it gives, and the values of the kid you are considering. Missouri should be in the penalty box for now.
The take away: You can send your child to Missouri or to most liberal arts colleges. Or you can just save time, call your family out into your back yard, and burn the kid’s tuition money in front of them.
A libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author, Ron’s a frequent guest on CNN. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.