Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Where can our kids go to college?

There are children in our large family that are heading for high school graduation and I don't know what to tell them. Where should they go?

How about the University of Colorado, where Ethnic Studies professor Ward Churchill (ethnic background: vanilla) could teach them about that it's okay to killl innocent people if they belong to a group that you disapprove of?

How about Princeton, where Peter Singer could teach that killing babies up to the age of three years old is acceptable if those babies are "imperfect." And imperfect babies in the womb? Whack away! The number of Down's syndrome people in our society is decreasing rapidly, and it isn't because we've figured out a cure. We're just killing them.

This isn't what I want for the precious children in my family. I want them to go to college where they'll be safe, respected, and educated. Not indocrinated.

Today Sam Alito gave a gentle dig at the porcine, bloated Senators who leered down at him and prepared to lecture him on morals and values:

"It was a time of turmoil at colleges and universities. And I saw some very smart people and very privileged people behaving irresponsibly. And I couldn’t help making a contrast between some of the worst of what I saw on the campus and the good sense and the decency of the people back in my own community."

Now the irresponsible people are in charge of the campuses, Judge Alito. Now what do we do?

1 Comments:

Blogger pasko said...

Bon,

Love your blog, funny stuff.

That said: COME ON, PLEASE TELL ME YOU'RE KIDDING!

"Where can our kids go to college? "

Anywhere...I'd hope.

If by age 18 you have not managed to imbue an exceedingly bright child (I know Thomas) with enough critical reasoning and logical analysis skills to listen to an asshat without himself becoming an asshat or a programmed minion of said asshat, then you've failed miserably as a parent. Hang your head in shame. The child is doomed...forget college, break out the BK fryilator hat, or just sign them up for Scientology programming and be done with it.

I would hope you && other parents have taught your kids enough to have them look at the braying asses in the field, and see them as such.

Churchill's essay in particular should be used in a reasoning and critical thinking class for fallacies of logic, reasoning flaws, massive omissions of the obvious, and clearly written one-sided arguments designed to inflame....so what? How many faculty are there at CU? Ok one confirmed nutcase in the bunch, sure, others there? Probably.

Part of going to college is doing the homework on avoiding the 'landmine' teachers: too incompetent, too consumed with research to teach well, can't speak English, or just plain idiots.

It's the same type of homework you'd hope they'd do while searching for a post-graduate job. You really don't want to work for Lumburgh at Pentrode either, I hear he makes you come in on the weekends.

Ever have a boss who was a complete tard in the workplace, but you needed to manage both your career and your boss to pay rent? I have, a number of times.

Having a kook-teacher might actually be one of the few things colleges might be doing to prepare their students for the real-world-workplace. I still haven't used a finite state machine or push down automata since I left college, but learning how to deal with egotistical lunk-head underperforming authority figures with a god-complex...I've used PLENTY.

I don't really have anything for or against CU or Princeton, but one of the jobs of college is to foster free speech. For people who live in the sheltered world that is academia, tenor + free speech often equal idiocy. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. There's good work being done at both universities. Your children could get a fine education at either, but at age 18, it's up to them to make the most of what the universities offer.

Even if your children take the 10 minutes to read his inflammatory essay, not becoming a Churchill disciple should be an easy thing for them. Look, point, laugh, and sleep well knowing your kids are prepared to deal with life and it's complexities.

-Joe

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