Researching the monthly chaos that the "Snowflake" Generation is causing on college campuses across America, we have come to the conclusion these crybullies are completely out of control and it is time for parents to step in and cut them off if they do not straighten up.
When we see a list of the most common complaints registered by students about their colleges, another two professors and one dean sacrificed on the altar of the binkie sucking, diaper wearing, "we need a safe space" children that claim to be "young adults," that seem think that recieving grades for their first semester is depressing and anyone that depresses them should be held "accountable," and we have to wonder who is truly to blame.
Is it the parents that obviously didn't spank their children enough or teach them that the word is full of people with different beliefs and opinions? Is it the school officials themselves that have mollycoddled and appeased the little brats to the point where they are incapable of dealing with any type of conflict without breaking down in tears of outrage? Or is it society itself where public schools and states have stripped parental rights away and instead has determined they know what is best for our children than we do?
Parking and the rates to park, the price for textbooks, having to get up for 7 am classes, and taking mandatory prerequisites and electives, too many other pesky students and a lack of community feel at a big college, all made the top ten complaints.
Others include, but are not limited to; Being homesick; Being forced to abide to the school's meal plan; The time constraint it has on you. College is a lot of work to handle all at once; The Dissertation process; Having a roommate; Too many distractions on a college campus; Having to walk long distances across campus; All the required reading homework; Being broke all the time; College (in general) places too much of an emphasis on academic success and not enough on professional development AND; My college did not help me to find employment.
GRADES ARE "DEPRESSING" - SCHOOL SHOULD BE "ACCOUNTABLE" FOR WORSENING "ANXIETY"
Johns Hopkins University realized their practice which "intended to ease students into university life," where their first semester grades really didn't count actually encouraged laziness, (known as "covered grades")so they decided to abolish the practice and to actually grade the students based on the work they do, or don't do, and make the grades count.
This novel concept has not gone over well with the "snowflake generation" students at Hopkins who started a campaign to "Re-Cover Hopkins."
"I've heard a lot of feedback from parents and the administration that kind of makes it feel like we are just trying to be coddled, and it's not it at all," Taicz said. "I'm paying so much, I expect to be able to be critical of that service when it doesn't support me.
"I'm paying to have a support network, academically and mentally. I can't be expected to do well in class if I'm depressed and have anxiety. If the school is worsening my anxiety, that's their problem and they need to be held accountable for that."
Emphasis mine..... and time out. As Reason Magazine points out, tuition alone at Hopkins costs over $50,000 a year, so is she really paying or or are her parents paying? Secondly, if she cannot stand the stress of college, perhaps she sould seek help rather than blaming someone else for it.
What Hopkins students are actually paying for is a rigorous education and, eventually, a degree that demonstrates their intellectual competence in some area of study. Making college easier by discounting grades will ultimately cheapen the value of that degree.
It's okay, of course, for the university to make specific accommodations for struggling students who have legitimate issues. But activist students seem to be borrowing the language of trauma to describe mundane discomforts.
John Hopkins University is not the only college dealing with students that believe grades for work completed should be counted as we are reminded of a couple of other recent reports.
Of course, some of these students probably feel unsupported because their impractical demands were not realized. Two examples: activist students not only wanted to abolish all grades below a 'C,' they also thought faculty members should proactively offer them alternatives to taking a written, in-class midterm exam. Here is the testimony of Megan Bautista, who identifies as an Afro-Latinx student:
Protest surged again in the fall of 2014, after the killing of Tamir Rice. “A lot of us worked alongside community members in Cleveland who were protesting. But we needed to organize on campus as well—it wasn’t sustainable to keep driving forty minutes away. A lot of us started suffering academically.” In 1970, Oberlin had modified its grading standards to accommodate activism around the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings, and Bautista had hoped for something similar. More than thirteen hundred students signed a petition calling for the college to eliminate any grade lower than a C for the semester, but to no avail. “Students felt really unsupported in their endeavors to engage with the world outside Oberlin,” she told me.
Another student by the name of Zakiya Acey stated "Because I’m dealing with having been arrested on campus, or having to deal with the things that my family are going through because of larger systems—having to deal with all of that, I can’t produce the work that they want me to do. But I understand the material, and I can give it to you in different ways. There’s professors who have openly been, like, 'Yeah, instead of, you know, writing out this midterm, come in to my office hours, and you can just speak it,' right? But that’s not institutionalized. I have to find that professor."
Sudent activists at Brown University are complaining of emotional stress and poor grades after months of protesting, and blame the school for insisting that they complete their coursework.
“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes, and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” an undergraduate student going by the pseudonym “David” told The Brown Daily Herald Thursday. “My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. Counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay.”
SACRIFICES TO THE CRYBULLIES
The Atlantic reports that two Yale University Professors have been sacrificed at the altar of the crybullies of Yale, stemming from controversy over an email reponse to students last October regarding Holloween costumes, and Down Trend reports the Dean of Matteo Ricci College at Seattle University has been put on administrative leave after the students whine the "curriculum was too white."
A must-read from the Daily Mail from Claire Fox, titled "Why today's young women are just so FEEBLE: They can't cope with ANY ideas that challenge their right-on view of the world, says a top academic," details her personal experience with "Generation Snowflake."
Perhaps it is time for parents to step in before it is too late, yank these spoiled brats out of college, tell them they are not wasting any more money on having them educated when the students want to do anything but study, give them six months to a year to get a job and save up enough for an apartment where they may need those "roommates" they complain about from college to afford it, boot them out and tell them to grow up!