The “continent” of Hawaii…
h/t Jawa Report
Is it any wonder?
From The Daily Beast: Is 18 years enough time to prepare for the stresses of being an adult? For America’s increasingly fragile college students—thousands of whom are returning to campus in the next two weeks—the answer is a panic-stricken no.
You may recall last year’s horror stories about easily traumatized students whose deteriorating mental health conditions were overburdening their universities’ counselors. This semester, to relieve some of the expected stress—on both the students and the campus’s mental health services—schools are getting creative. East Carolina University, for instance, will provide optional stress-management classes: or, as one news site described it, remedial education in how to be an adult.
Many students, it seems, are not prepared for the transition “from home life to college life and into their adulthood,” according to an ECU Board of Trustees briefing. The report continues:
“The resulting stress negatively impacts their ability to adjust to their new environment and puts them at risk of experiencing mental health issues, falling into substance abuse, and potentially experiencing academic failure.”
The report cites startling numbers that would appear to justify these concerns: In the 2015-16 academic year, counseling appointments increased 16 percent over the previous year at ECU; therapy cases increased 10 percent; and crisis appointments—situations characterized as mental health emergencies—increased by a whopping 53 percent. Requests for disability accommodations on tests also increased by 26 percent, even though the number of registered disabled students increased only slightly.
For ECU, the solution is “cognitive-affective stress management training,” which is a really fancy way of saying students need to learn to chill out instead of slipping into inconsolable depression whenever they get a B on a test, have a disagreement with a roommate, or encounter something in the curriculum that offends them.
A reporter for the Greenville, North Carolina, Daily Reflector who attended the Board of Trustees meeting described the program as “adulting” class. ECU wasn’t happy with that characterization of the plan. The news report “isn’t fully accurate,” ECU spokeswoman Jeannine Manning Hutson told The Daily Beast. “We don’t have an adulting program.”
Call it what you will—the university likes “resilience” education better—but the substance is the same: Too many university students seem to have missed out on vital conflict-resolution, de-stressing, and life-organizing techniques during their previous 12 years of schooling.
ECU is just one of many universities to struggle with, well, struggling students. Last year, Brown University’s student newspaper reported that the campus’s student protesters were suffering from panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and failing grades because of the toll their activism was taking on them. Students at Oberlin College told The New Yorker that they were considering dropping out—they were fed up with the college’s inability to make accommodations for them due to mental anguish.
Even those who criticize the idea of a national “resilience” shortage nevertheless concede that students are swamping their counselors. The Huffington Post reported “slow, but consistent growth” in the number of students who say they have depression and anxiety.
What’s going on here? Lenore Skenazy, author of the book Free-Range Kids and a columnist for Reason.com, worries that helicopter parents and safety-obsessed K-12 administrators have babied an entire generation of young people so badly that by the time they get to college, they’re hopelessly dependent on guidance counselors and other authority figures. “Today’s children grow up with their elders ever present to organize the game, settle the scores and slice the snacks,” writes Skenazy.
Skenazy thinks kids could use more unstructured play time, which would teach them to solve problems on their own and might make them a little tougher. But that won’t help the 18-year-olds who have already hit adulthood and just aren’t up to the challenge.
And that’s a problem. Make no mistake: Emotionally coddled, easily offended, mentally traumatized students aren’t just a danger to themselves—they are exerting an injurious influence on the overall campus climate. They are the ones calling for what psychologist Jonathan Haidt describes as “vindictive protectiveness,” or institutional policies designed to protect students from psychological harm.
These policies are well-known to readers: trigger warnings that require professors to consider whether they are teaching objectionable material; safe spaces that appear on campus whenever a visiting speaker expresses a controversial idea; speech codes that thwart students’ efforts to exercise their First Amendment rights; and “Bias Response Teams” that investigate members of campus for saying the wrong things, even inadvertently.
Read the rest of the story here.
Pajama Boy approved.
From Daily Mail: Students at Rutgers University have been advised to use language that is ‘kind’ and ‘necessary’ and avoid offensive terms such as ‘retarded’ and ‘that’s so ghetto’ so that they don’t commit ‘microaggressions’.
A bulletin board, titled ‘Language Matters: Think’, has been put on display in at least one hall of residence on the campus, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, telling them to question whether their choice of words is ‘true’ and ‘helpful’.
Failure to follow the guidelines could give rise to microaggressions – ‘little things that have a big impact’ – which fall into three categories: microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations.
Microassault includes avoiding someone; a microinsult could be saying someone is ‘strong for a girl’; and a microinvalidation might involve asking an Asian or Latino person where they are from, Campus Reform reported.
The display was placed in the College Avenue Apartments by a resident assistant, according to a resident who does not wish to be identified.
Even though microaggressions are ‘not the same thing as hate crimes or overt bigotry,’ they still affect victims ‘physically, emotionally, [and] behaviorally,’ placing them ‘more at risk for illness & decreased immune system,’ the display reads.
News of the sign’s message has prompted a backlash from several online commentators.
One wrote: ‘Back when Maoist China was going through this, we’d point and laugh… and now it’s here.’
Another said: ‘Incoming students should consider a Life Alert alarm necklace, which will summon the Bias Prevention Education Team guards in the event of microdamage to a physical, emotional or behavioral psyche.’
Meanwhile, one commenter wrote: ‘So some over-sensitive snowflake’s interpretation of “bad thoughts” is going to drive the conversation? Suck it up, buttercup, you are going to have a long, hard life.’ And another: ‘Why not just order mandatory lobotomies for all college students and be done with it?’
The bulletin board also contains a flyer from the Language Matters campaign, an initiative launched by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities in the 2015 fall semester.
The flyer lists phrases that could cause offence such as, ‘he looks like a terrorist’ to someone who is ‘a United States veteran;’ or ‘that’s so ghetto’ near somebody who ‘grew up in poverty’; and saying an ‘exam just raped me’ in the presence of ‘a survivor of sexual assault’.
The potentially insulting terms were taken from a similar list which formed part of the University of Maryland’s ‘Inclusive Language Campaign’. Rutgers also has a Bias Prevention Education team that handles such incidents. Other US universities that have a policy for reporting microaggressions include the University of California, Penn State, Ithaca, Wesleyan and Columbia.
That’s “higher education” for ya…
The man who is formerly known as Younus Abdullah Muhammad, spent three years in prison for advocating for Al Qaeda, making threats against people he felt insulted Islam, and denouncing the United States. Now, Muhammad goes by the name Jesse Morton, and the university says that he has renounced his former self, and will be a key to helping them stop others from being radicalized.
George Washington University officials say they are fully aware how risky of a move it is, both from a public relations standpoint, and from their own students and donors.
University officials say their mission is to track, understand and develop ways to prevent people from being radicalized by Islamic extremists – like Morton use to be. They also say they did not make the decision to hire him lightly, they consulted with the FBI who Morton has work with over the past year, and they also spoke to university officials and other law enforcement agencies who vouched that Morton had served his time, reformed himself and is not a threat.
During an interview with Seamus Hughes, the man who hired Morton and also the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, Hughes was asked why he decided to hire someone who has advocated for the downfall of the United States. Hughes told FOX 5 that he believes if Morton can bring himself back from the clutches of extremism, he might be able to help others do the same.
Take a look back at the era many people grew up in and you know it was pretty darn good.
If you remember most of these -you (like me) must be really old – or somewhat old🙂
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Let’s be happy while we’re still here!!!
From Fox News: Critics have accused academia of subtly indoctrinating students with a liberal agenda for years, but the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency has brought one Pennsylvania political science professor out into the open.
Gettysburg College Prof. Kathleen Iannello announced in an Op-Ed penned for Philly.com that she will not even try to treat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP choice Trump equally because, in her mind, Trump is a “lightning rod for promoting further hate.”
“My approach for the fall semester will be boldly honest: It is a disservice to students to attempt to provide balance when I know that balance is an offense to the truth,” Iannello wrote.
In the column, titled “Balanced Presentation A Dishonest Exercise In Presidential Race,” Iannello admits that, “as a liberal, [she has] no problem extolling the virtues of Democrats.”
To prove her fairness, Iannello notes that she has assigned readings of moderate Republicans and has even offered praise for Ronald Reagan. But Trump is another story, she claimed.
“His harsh and distasteful commentary regarding religious and ethnic groups, as well as women, only serves as a lightning rod for promoting further hate,” Iannello wrote. “He displays neither a record of public service nor an understanding of the word statesmanship. In the history of our country, it is hard to recall anyone less prepared to take office.”
When asked by The College Fix if her stance would be fair to students who might not share her politics, Iannello said it would. “I can assure you that all students will have a voice in my classes,” she told the site.
Officials at Gettysburg College said they believe the class will be fair, too. “It’s an important part of our mission as a liberal arts institution to ensure that ideas can be shared openly, and we have every confidence that students will be given opportunity to express their views freely in their classes,” a spokesperson told the site.
Students who claim to have taken Iannello’s classes in the past may doubt her ability to tolerate dissenting opinions. “Professor Iannello means well and is a decent teacher, but she preaches her liberal propaganda way too much in class,” read a 2008 entry on Ratemyprofessor.com, adding, “she is not open to new ideas and is very closed-minded on her beliefs.”
Other entries described her as “intimidating if you lean right” and a person who gives “conservatives a hard time.” “If you’re a right-winger, be prepared to walk into a brick wall whenever you enter the classroom,” one review states.