Sunday, August 16, 2015

Why College is Bad For You; Part I

Sherman set the Way-Back-Machine for 1944.

A bill has just been signed by FDR that contained...like many of the things FDR signed...the destruction of America.  Not in their lifetime, oh no my children.  In ours.

This particular bill was called The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944.  It was basically a bribe to the veterans of WWII.  A generation of young combat tested, angry, PTSD drenched young men would shortly be leaving the service after the war was wrapped up.

The bribe was understandable.  WWI veterans were an incredibly destabilizing force in every country during the post WWI period but that is topic for another day.

One of the items in the first GI Bill was very generous education package.  Two million, two hundred thousand veterans, took the government up its offer and in so doing planted the seeds of American academia's destruction.

Colleges always expand to absorb funding available.

It got them into some very bad habits.  Not the least of which was lowering their entrance standards.

Today functional illiterates run wild on campus and have turned the once highly sought after liberal arts degree into a tragic joke.

Far from being a bastion of critical reasoning the modern campus is now a Maoist reeducation camp.  Which I already knew.  But what I did now know is that the students are the ones driving their own mind neutering.

Here is Steve  Sailer on vindictive protectiveness

When I first wrote a column on the cult of microaggressions in March 2013, I worried that I was making a mountain out of a molehill, that the term was such an easy joke that it would die out. But instead it has gotten increasingly institutionalized.
… Trigger warnings are alerts that professors are expected to issue if something in a course might cause a strong emotional response. …
The press has typically described these developments as a resurgence of political correctness. That’s partly right, although there are important differences between what’s happening now and what happened in the 1980s and ’90s. That movement sought to restrict speech (specifically hate speech aimed at marginalized groups), but it also challenged the literary, philosophical, and historical canon, seeking to widen it by including more-diverse perspectives. The current movement is largely about emotional well-being.
The Diversify the Canon craze of 25 years ago in college English departments was largely about catering to the resentments and insecurities of everybody who wasn’t a Dead White European Male, combined with increasing job security for English professors by creating a barrier to entry to teaching college English of mastering the jargon of some intentionally badly written Continental Theory that most people who love good writing wouldn’t want to do.
But it turned out that Shakespeare really is that good, and the people that students truly look up to, celebrities, often continue to find Shakespeare inspiring, so Shakespeare’s coolness couldn’t be scratched by 1990s’ Canon resentment.
More than the last, it presumes an extraordinary fragility of the collegiate psyche, and therefore elevates the goal of protecting students from psychological harm.

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