Category Archives: Education

Why You Should Be Terrified of the Rising Millennial and Gen Z Workforce

We’ve become a nation pajama boys.

pajamaboy When a college student needs counseling because he’s scored a B on a report card, or worse, calls the police because there’s a mouse roaming the apartment, we can kind of laugh about it. I mean, how ridiculous!

Those would be just good stories, except episodes like this are becoming more and more common. Peter Gray, PhD, a research professor at Boston College who studies how children learn and value play, writes about declining resilience in college students in Psychology Today. His thoughts are frightening for the workplace. If today’s college students lack resilience, what can we expect from tomorrow’s job applicants? You have to hire someone.

Dr. Gray quotes from the head of counseling at Boston College, who writes:

“I have done a considerable amount of reading and research in recent months on the topic of resilience in college students. Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students. (Emphasis is mine.)”

Human Resource managers and people who manage entry-level employees have already seen this. Years ago, the head of R & D HR at a pharma company I worked for, joked with me about how hard it was to give an “average” performance appraisal rating to someone with a PhD from Harvard. He was joking, but we’re not laughing now. Consider the following:

If a college student needs counseling because of a bad grade, what happens when she receives negative feedback?

An employer may get a phone call from a parent, of course, but it’s easy enough to say, “I can’t discuss personnel issues with you,” and hang up. What about the employee who lacks resilience? Is this employee sobbing in the bathroom? Does this employee take any feedback as a sign of illegal discrimination?

You can say, of course, that it was simply well deserved negative feedback, but that doesn’t mean the employee can’t contact the EEOC or an employment attorney. Your case may be airtight, but it costs you money to defend it, and you may permanently damage the employee-manager relationship.


Where will you get your new ideas?

You can think of them, of course, but even Steve Jobs didn’t develop Apple products all by himself. One of the problems with young adults lacking resilience is that they do not take risks. Every time you present a new idea, you run the risk of getting shot down. This process is critical to success, but if your new employees panic at the thought of possible failure, you won’t get those new ideas.


How do you evaluate managers?

Good businesses need good managers, just like good universities need good professors. At the university, professors sometimes feel pressure to acquiesce to student demands because their job depends, at least in part, on student evaluation. Tough professors may be great teachers, but if delicate students can’t be challenged, the professor has a choice to either wimp out or face poor student evaluations.

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Is the same happening in business? A manager of exacting standards who requires quality work runs the risk of the special snowflakes running to HR and senior management at every turn.

How do you parent your children?

Are you doing your part to raise future adults, or are you focused on keeping your children happy? Do you jump at every request? Do you not trust your 7-year-old to use a knife? Do you yell at teachers who dare give a bad grade to your child? If so, you’re part of the problem.

Children don’t learn resilience by having mom and dad solving every problem. And if they don’t learn resilience in childhood, they won’t magically develop it as college students. If they don’t have it as college students? They will have to learn it the workplace. So, if you don’t want to impose that nightmare on future managers, at least fix it in your house.

Not every young person lacks resilience.

While colleges are seeing a rise in this behavior, it’s not at 100 percent. There are great people out there if you’re willing to find them. Take a look at candidates who have failed in the past. They’re the ones who have faced adversity, and that’s a great start on the road to success. That’s what you’re looking for in an employee. And if you hire someone who exudes perfection, be careful — that perfection could be the result of a whole herd of parents and teachers smoothing the pathway, and not the sign of a candidate who has learned to handle real challenges.

This doesn’t surprise me. Have you seen what’s happening in education and our culture?


Student ‘Disorientation Guide’ seeks to ‘decolonize your mind’


Campus Reform: A group of 16 students at California Polytechnic State University produced an alternative guide for freshmen completing the university’s orientation program they call a “Disorientation Guide.” The students said they hope it will “decolonize your mind from the hold of the cissexist-imperialist-ableist-white-supremacist-capitalistic-patriarchal-society that has choked you so violently up until now.”


The guide also says, “there’s a reason Ronald Reagan called Cal Poly his favorite University—it is a campus full of white apathetic robots who have never had to work for anything in their entire lives.”

The guide has been in development since the end of the 2014-2015 academic year and appeared on the Disorientation Team website on September 11. The group created a GoFundMe in July to “print the guide and distribute it to every new Freshman” at the 20,000 student university. According to student newspaper Mustang News, the group only raised enough to print 100 copies, however the guide is available online.

A series of articles in the guide informs the reader of the issues he/she/ze should fight for. Among the featured causes are proper pronoun usage, higher salaries for faculty, lower tuition, combating the campus “fitness” culture, abolition of Greek life, and a list of “offensive” phrases to excise from one’s vocabulary. Handy lists of recommended reading, professors, and courses appear at the end of the guide.

The authors also provide a set of pressure tactics to navigate these agendas through perceived student and administrative apathy. The guide provides unflattering profiles of university officials and methods for dealing with them. President Jeffrey Armstrong is “[f]amous for finagling his way out of answering questions” but responds well to buzz words like “Learn by Doing” and “Campus Climate.” The authors claim not only will these phrases “rile him up” but also “sexually excite him.” Additionally, the guide claims President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey is a “professional blind-sider” but also “a very nice man, and is openly gay—use this to your advantage.”

In the chapter “The Revolution Will Be Funded,” the author discusses methods for raising money to fund radical groups while lamenting that “it is incredibly annoying that we must feed into a capitalistic system to bring about this change.”

Finally, a list of “Disorientation Questions to Ponder” includes a set of questions meant to challenge students, including the reasons for the student’s choice of major and sources of injustice in society. Other questions include “Why are we socialized to view economic systems other than capitalism as evil?” and “Why has the United States never had a female president?”

The guide produced a mixed response on the group’s Facebook page. Sophomore Dan Canella labeled it “over the top and very preachy.” Senior Bailey Satterfield defended the authors, “These writers are taking a stand for what they believe in and trying to improve the world the best they know how to, which is more than a lot of people do.” Freshman Sam Chase called the guide “a truly amazing read” and that “[w]hile I, and likely the reader, won’t necessarily agree with all points I think this will provide everyone with a greater understanding of Cal Poly.”

The Disorientation Team is not affiliated in any way with the Cal Poly administration or any official student group, although the guide does promote student groups including the Queer Student Union, Black Student Union, feminist community Triota, environmental organization Sierra Student Coalition, and protest group Cal Poly Activist Reserves. The team also informs readers that the articles were written independently and may not reflect the views of all of the writers.


Mother Claims Her Daughter Was Suspended for Wearing Wrong Shade of Green

Maybe they should consider moving to the Seattle School District.

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Fox 29 (NJ): It’s not easy being green. In fact, it could even get you suspended from elementary school, especially if you’re wearing the wrong shade. She says school officials told her not to bring her daughter back to class and as she told FOX 29’s Brad Sattin it had everything to do with the color of her shirt.

8-year-old Kylie and her twin sister Karlie don’t look like troublemakers, but Kylie was suspended from school.  The reason, according to her mother: a violation of the dress code Monday. Their mother, Crystal, says she got a call from the vice principal at Winslow Township School 4.

“He wanted me to know that she can’t wear that shirt and if she does wear that shirt again, she would be suspended,” she told FOX 29.

The district’s policy states that shirts or blouses be white, dark green or navy blue with collars only. Kelly green is a violation. Crystal admits her conversation with the assistant principal and then the principal did get a bit heated.

My child messed up, I messed it up for my child, and she be suspended next time for it, but to suspend a child over the shade of a shirt. I found it a little ridiculous,” she explained.

The girls missed the bus Tuesday morning, and when they arrived at school a few minutes late– properly dressed– they were met by the principal. “She told me don’t bother to sign her in and told Kylie that she’s not in school today,” the mother explained.

“I got suspended for wearing the different color they wanted me to wear,” said Kylie. “The principal told me that I don’t have to stay here and I could leave.” The mother decided to take both girls home.

Another woman says her 2nd grandson was suspended Tuesday for wearing the wrong shade of blue. According to the woman, it’s the same shirt he regularly wore last year.

One  little boy’s mom defends the school, saying the uniform dress code was made crystal clear in orientation from day one. “I mean, if you start letting certain things slide, then you have to let a lot of things slide, and then everyone is pretty much wearing what they want to wear,” she said.

FOX 29 reached out to both the principal and the district superintendent. A spokesperson would only tell FOX 29 that our information about Kylie’s one day suspension is incorrect, but would not go into detail. There’s no school tomorrow for Yom Kippur, but the kids will be back to school on Thursday.


Two Heads Are No Better Than One At Grocery Store Checkout

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Via Yahoo:

DEAR ABBY: There are no words to express how disappointed I am at the education kids receive now and still graduate with “honors.” I was at the grocery store a short time ago. Two young ladies working there just completed their freshman year at the local college. One of them had been on the honor roll all through high school.

I bought four packages of gravy mix that were on sale — four packages for $1. As the cashier rang it up, I noticed that she had entered them at 44 cents apiece. When I brought it to her attention, she asked the other cashier if that was right. She asked, “Forty-four cents, wouldn’t that be four for $1?” The other one picked up a calculator to find the answer.

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Can you tell me, what did this honor student learn in school? Both girls are in college. My heart is broken for our kids. Maybe we need to go back to teaching like when I was a kid. Just call me … GRANDPARENT IN TEXAS

DEAR GRANDPARENT: Frankly, your letter leaves me at a loss for words. I can only say that the problems with our educational system will not be resolved in an advice column. Readers?

I have plenty of advice…none that the teachers’ unions and democrats will like.


Wesleyan Student Writes Column Criticizing “Black Lives Matter” Movement And Critics Respond By Demanding The Defunding Of The Newspaper And The Editors Apologize

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

200px-Wesleyan_University_Shield.svgThere is a first amendment controversy that has erupted at Wesleyan University over a column written by Bryan Stascavage, a 30-year-old student who served two tours in Iraq, penned an op-ed in the school newspaper that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement. Stascavage is a sophomore majoring in philosophy and political science at Wesleyan and staff writer for the Argus. He wrote a piece criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement — a position shared by many who view some in the movement as espousing anti-police sentiments and, as discussed on this blog, often denouncing people for declaring that “all lives matter” as racists. However, Stascavage and the editors of the college newspaper were met by a torrent of criticism and calls for funding for the newspaper to be withdrawn. To its credit, the University stood strongly with free speech. However, the editors then issued an abject apology that clearly…

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How to refresh a rotten banana

Like you, I can’t remember how many times I’ve trashed a banana that’s turned brown from over-ripe.

But there is an amazing and simple way to revive that rotten banana.

Watch this short video. You’re not gonna believe your eyes.

UPDATE (Sept. 26):

For those who have difficulty following the video, here are the instructions:

  1. Put rotten brown banana with 2 handfuls of rice in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Squeeze all air out of the bag.
  3. Leave bag with banana for an hour.
  4. Take banana out of bag.
  5. Blow-dry banana with setting on low until banana turns yellow.

H/t FOTM’s maziel


“We’re going to be the majority soon!” Furious Muslims shut down school board over religious holiday closure


Daily Mail: Tempers flared at a school board meeting in New Jersey when a room crowded with Muslim parents learned that schools will remain open during the upcoming holiday of Eid- al-Adha. Parents and children who took part in the heated debate that broke out during last week’s school board meeting in Jersey City screamed in rage and some openly wept.

At one point, a young woman in a purple head scarf took the microphone and addressed the board, telling them with a sneer: ‘we’re no longer the minority, that’s clear from tonight. We’re going to be the majority soon.’


The Jersey City Board of Education had initially proposed to close local schools September 24 allowing Muslim children to observe the holiday, and the City Council unanimously voted in favor of the closure two weeks ago.

However, during the contentious four-hour meeting held last Thursday, the board ultimately voted to keep Jersey City schools open so as not to cause disruptions for non-Muslim families, reported NBC New York last week.

‘Doing this at this point on six days’ notice for this upcoming holiday is going to cause undue hardship on 5,000 to 10,000 people who are going to have to scramble to get coverage for their children,’ board member Gerald Lyons told the crowd.

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

A Jewish parent who attended the meeting said that some in his community felt they were being discriminated against because the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were not on Jersey City’s official school closure list.

Board members pointed out that Muslim students who choose to take Thursday off to observe the Feast of Sacrifice will not be penalized.

The school board is expected to review its religious holiday policy later this year.

In New York City, schools will be closed for Eid Al-Adha for the first time as a result of a calendar change that was put in place by Mayor Bill de Blasio back in March.