Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Trigger Warnings; Why College Is Bad For You Part II

Hi, I'm Geena.
I'll be your dorm RA this year! 

Meet the new Hitler youth.

"...the relationship of trust between professors and students seems to be weakening as more students become monitors for microaggressions.

I don’t mind if students complain directly to me. Each lecture involves hundreds of small decisions, and sometimes I do choose the wrong word or analogy. But nowadays, e-mail and social media make it easier for students to complain directly to campus authorities, or to the Internet at large, than to come talk with their professors. Each complaint can lead to many rounds of meetings, and sometimes to formal charges and investigations.

Increasingly, professors must ask themselves not just What is the best way to teach this material? but also Might the most sensitive student in the class take offense if I say this, and then post it online, and then ruin my career?"

 No they aren't going to complain to you.  That would be way too confrontational for Obama voting Millennials.  Instead they will behave as proper little informants for the stasi and will go running screaming and sobbing with tears pouring down their cheeks to the diversity provosts.

So not only is going to college a bad idea for young men but teaching there is now huge mistake as well.

The entire point of a university education is to learn critical reasoning.  Everything else is just trade school stuff.  It's high end trade school stuff to be certain but at the end of the day it's a trade.  Going to a college is supposed to put you outside your mental comfort zone.  Now its worse than nursery school.  Administrators don't listen when the babies at nursery school complain about something.

A university is not meant to be a safe space.

Thanks to Twitter and Facebook networking plus SJW thought policing.  Today's crop of university students have taken the education out of their college education.

The term microaggression originated in the 1970s and referred to subtle, often unconscious racist affronts. The definition has expanded in recent years to include anything that can be perceived as discriminatory on virtually any basis.

Those of us who know that SJWs Always Lie.  Won't be surprised in the least by the following exchange.

From ACE;

Apparently there was an intramural soccer match scheduled at the same time as a Latin Heritage Club meeting. A White Male (uh oh) sent out an email to a Hispanic girl noting that he'd like to have her at the match, if she wasn't going to the Latin Club meeting.

He wrote the most racist sentence since Mein Kampf:

Hey, that talk looks pretty great, but on the off chance you aren't going or would rather play futbol instead the club team wants to go!!

Anyone see the problem there?

1. Your (sic) not latino, call it soccer. You don’t play futbol. Futbol is played with people (LATINO) who know how to engage in community soccer, as somebody who grew up on the cancha (soccer field) I know what playing futbol is, and the way you take up space, steal the ball, don't pass, is far from how my culture plays ball.
2. I'm not playing intramural once again this semester because you and your cis-dude, non passing the ball, stealing the ball from beginners, spanish-mocking, white cohort has ruined it (for the second time). Unless I find another team you won’t be seeing me.

Cataline's note:  This second paragraph is the actual nub of the problem.  She is bad at Futbol.  They don't pass it to her because she routinely kicks the ball into the stands.  However she is cute and the this poor slob has a crush on her, so he keeps inviting her around in the most beta manner possible. She is repelled by his advances, however, this is a Latina that has been successfully Reeducated by the Oberlin Ministry of Truth. She no longer has any sane way of dealing with an unwanted come on or the fact that she is uncoordinated. 

If she seems crazy to you.  That is because she is. 

3. I don't care if this email is over the top or mean. So complain to whatever white friends you want about it. You’re never going to know what its like to not be able to your own heritage sport comfortably because of your gender/race/ethnicity.

But this aspiring young lunatic wasn't done yet -- she also published a complaint on the, get this, Oberlin Microagressions blog:

Ok. 1. Thanks for you thinking that the talk [referring to the Latino club meeting, I think] is "pretty great". I appreaciate (sic) your white male validation. I see that it isn't interesting enough for you to actually take your ass to the talk.

2. Who said it was ok for you to say futbol? It's Latino Heritage Month, your (sic) telling people not to come to the talk, but want to use our language? Trick NO! White students appropriating the Spanish language, dropping it in when convenient, never ok. Keep my heritage language out your mouth! If I'm not allowed to speak it, if my dad's not allowed to speak it, then bitch you definitely are not supposed to be speaking it. Especially in this context.

Since he goes to Oberlin (the college that produced Lena Dunham).  His life is of course over.

Here is the meat of the matter from of all freaking places The Atlantic.

This new climate is slowly being institutionalized, and is affecting what can be said in the classroom, even as a basis for discussion. During the 2014–15 school year, for instance, the deans and department chairs at the 10 University of California system schools were presented by administrators at faculty leader-training sessions with examples of microaggressions. The list of offensive statements included: “America is the land of opportunity” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job."

Childhood itself has changed greatly during the past generation. Many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers can remember riding their bicycles around their hometowns, unchaperoned by adults, by the time they were 8 or 9 years old. In the hours after school, kids were expected to occupy themselves, getting into minor scrapes and learning from their experiences. But “free range” childhood became less common in the 1980s. The surge in crime from the ’60s through the early ’90s made Baby Boomer parents more protective than their own parents had been. Stories of abducted children appeared more frequently in the news, and in 1984, images of them began showing up on milk cartons. In response, many parents pulled in the reins and worked harder to keep their children safe...

The flight to safety also happened at school. Dangerous play structures were removed from playgrounds; peanut butter was banned from student lunches. After the 1999 Columbine massacre in Colorado, many schools cracked down on bullying, implementing “zero tolerance” policies. In a variety of ways, children born after 1980—the Millennials—got a consistent message from adults: life is dangerous, but adults will do everything in their power to protect you from harm, not just from strangers but from one another as well.

In an article published last year by Inside Higher Ed, seven humanities professors wrote that the trigger-warning movement was “already having a chilling effect on [their] teaching and pedagogy.” They reported their colleagues’ receiving “phone calls from deans and other administrators investigating student complaints that they have included ‘triggering’ material in their courses, with or without warnings.” A trigger warning, they wrote, “serves as a guarantee that students will not experience unexpected discomfort and implies that if they do, a contract has been broken.” When students come to expect trigger warnings for any material that makes them uncomfortable, the easiest way for faculty to stay out of trouble is to avoid material that might upset the most sensitive student in the class.

...Burns defines catastrophizing as a kind of magnification that turns "commonplace negative events into nightmarish monsters." Leahy, Holland, and McGinn define it as believing "that what has happened or will happen" is "so awful and unbearable that you won’t be able to stand it." Requests for trigger warnings involve catastrophizing, but this way of thinking colors other areas of campus thought as well.

The nub of the article is this.  There is now a culture on college campuses that openly and aggressively creates mental illness in a clinically diagnosable sense.

Bottom line:  As a college graduate, I'm telling you, unless you have realistic plans to become an engineer or a doctor. (and please note the use of the word realistic) There is no longer a valid reason to go to college.  

Seriously, if you are smart about it, a baccalaureate is almost as easy to get as a high school diploma.  There are way more options for getting a sheepskin than there used to be and...harsh truth time...there is no difference between a degree from one of those and a Moo U Morrill Grant University.

At moment the only thing you will get out of a traditional four year (realistically five or six) degree is a complete brainwashing.  Neurosis.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or if you are really lucky, maybe a baseless sexual assault charge.  Plus a mortgage sized student loan payment that will keep you from getting a house for years.

College. Is. Not. Worth. It.

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