“Safe spaces,” “trigger words”… college students have gone off the rails. But, apparently we are only at the beginning of this nonsense.
Oberlin College is a prestigious college not far from where I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Oberlin students have petitioned school administrators to eradicate any grade below a C, and further are requesting alternatives to the standard written midterm examination, such as a conversation with a professor in lieu of an essay.
Why, ask you, would students demand such a major alteration in the way colleges have functioned for nearly a millenium (the University of Bologna was inaugurated on 1088)? You are going to “love” their answer! Because, answer I, they want to diminish the focus on academics so they can better turn their attention to activism.
In a detailed article in The New Yorker, the students say that between their activism work and their heavy course load, finding success within the usual grading parameters is increasingly difficult. “You know, we’re paying for a service. We’re paying for our attendance here. We need to be able to get what we need in a way that we can actually consume it,” student Zakiya Acey told The New Yorker. “Because I’m dealing with having been arrested on campus… I can’t produce the work that they want me to do…”
This is the reward of a half century of liberalism on US campuses. It would take more than a half century to undo this harm. We are DOOMED!