Yesterday students walked out of school to demand that us adults do something about global warming and climate change.
According to The Guardian, many students expressed anger, fear and disappointment that adults have not acted on the “crisis” our world faces. Many also expressed hope for a green economy within 11 years, the timeframe experts at the United Nations believe is necessary to forestall catastrophic climate change.
So the youth skipped classes and carried signs to protest. Notice the irony in this photo:
If “winter is not coming,” then why aren’t they all wearing shorts and tank tops?
On October 2 Steven Crowder posted the above video. Crowder went to Texas Christian University (TCU) and set up his “Change My Mind” table. The goal was to have students discuss the myth of rape culture with him and convince him that “rape culture” does exist in this country.
The video is long yet offers a glimpse into the mindset of college students today. Some of my favorite statements from these young skulls of mush:
“I’m honestly not talking about empirical data at all, and I don’t think we should look at it. Empirical data is bullsh*t.”
“I usually believe the woman until proven otherwise.” (Said by a male student who doesn’t believe that’s how our laws should work but we should believe her for the “most part.”)
Crowder later accuses said male student of an act and the male student says, “Where’s your evidence? Crowder: “Why does that matter?” Male student: “You have to have evidence.”
Later in this exchange Crowder tells male student:“You did say believe the women until otherwise.” The male student says you need to “disprove” the accusation.
Crowder explains due process. The male student then says, “I think I might have misspoken.”
Crowder has another discussion with a different male student who really doesn’t want to discuss rape culture. He would rather discuss the method of dialogue that Crowder chose.
This male student has a hard time “articulating” rape culture because it’s very complicated.
Crowder tries to get him to explain the nuances of rape culture and this male student eventually says,“I’m not going to be able to articulate it, I don’t have any facts, I don’t have figures, I don’t have anything.”
The male student later says, “My point was, I really didn’t want to talk about rape culture, because I’m not prepared, I don’t know what to say about it. I don’t know how to articulate that I think it’s an issue.I don’t even know how to tell you I came to think it’s an issue.It’s just something I learned along the way.”
Keep in mind that these students voluntarily sat down with Crowder for a conversation. They made that choice.
Yet because of Crowder’s mere presence, the kids now might require counseling. TCU tweeted the following:
“Today, Steven Crowder chose to challenge our students on a public sidewalk in front of the university. While the Constitution gives him the right to express his views, the sentiments he expressed do not align with TCU’s values.”
KKTV: A little boy is in trouble for a picture he drew as part of a school assignment.
Second grader Kody Smith was assigned to go outside, look at the clouds, and then use his imagination to draw what he saw.
“Draw a picture of what you see in the clouds from your imagination and that picture is a gun,” explained 8-year-old Kody.
Because it was a gun, the teacher at Talbott Elementary in Widefield called him into the office, and then filed a behavior report. His parents say that’s too much.
“It hurts. It hurts that he was so scared for being penalized for his imagination,” said Kody’s father, Jeff Smith. “He’s 8 years old. He was doing exactly what he was told to do for the assignment,” said Kody’s mother, Angel Rivers.
The report says Kody showed behavior that is disruptive to the entire learning community. The parents were worried that this would be on his permanent school record. The Widefield School District says it will not be.
D-3 also sent us this statement: “Our primary responsibility as a school district is to ensure safety of all staff, students and community. We exercised an age-appropriate reaction to an incident.The student’s education was never disrupted nor is this incident on the student’s permanent record. Our response was in line with routine procedures focused on school safety.”