Sometimes, actually, often times, I ask myself ‘has the world gone nuts?’ More often than I care to admit the answer is an emphatic “yes!”. It doesn’t take many minutes of listening to the television or radio to learn that what you once thought was a dignified institution of higher learning has become a bastion for teaching hate and divisiveness rather than furthering education.
Yesterday morning was one of those days when you want to slap yourself upside of the head to clear your hearing because you can’t believe you’ve just heard what you just heard.
Fox news had a young man on who was telling of a particular college – oh well, might as well name it and claim it – the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. This university, tucked away in the beautiful landscape of Colorado, in the heartlands of the United States of America, is requiring ALL freshmen students to take a class that bashes President Donald J. Trump! That’s right. This is a class that actually bashes, defined as strike hard or against, POTUS – the President of the United States. There is no apology for this. It is a required subject.
For a non-resident student, the tuition fee is anywhere between $19,500 – $24,200 per credit year plus $10,000 – $12,000 for housing. Resident students will pay $8,300 – $10,200 per credit year, plus $9,600 – $10,00 in housing. Unless a student is highly blessed, most of this fee will be paid for by student loans which means, after a four year stint at the university, if they are lucky, they’ll graduate with an indebtedness of no more than $140,000. And for this, they have to take a class in bashing the President of the United States that they will have to pay the exorbitant amount of $2,076 for. This is a class on hatred, all because someone at the university has written a book on this hateful subject or somehow, has managed to get it on the required curriculum list.
It is one thing – although even that is circumspect – to offer such a class as optional. But to make a class teaching hatred mandatory for starry eyed freshman college students who have left the safety of their parents home for the first time is beyond criminal. We send our children off to college for them to get a higher education so they can do well and make something of themselves in this world. We don’t, at least most of us don’t, send our kids off to be taught hatred by demented professors who are out of control in their own biases.
According to the difference in colleges and universities, as defined by grammarist.com,,
“In American English, college and university are generally used interchangeably, but there are some subtle differences between them. University usually denotes a school that offers full undergraduate and graduate programs, while colleges usually offer more narrow programs and may have no graduate studies at all.”
Unfortunately, UCCS’ website is somewhat misleading in saying, “At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs we challenge you to reach higher in a supportive and collaborative learning and research environment where you interact, aspire and engage. Our committed faculty and staff provide you the support you need to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and in life.” How teaching students to hate the President of the United States is ‘challenging them to reach higher learning and/or the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in collage and in life’, is beyond me. Perhaps this is the university that has written the textbooks for the Palestinian students of Gaza.
But UCCS isn’t the only college in the United States taking such blatant and openly damaging steps toward destroying America. Actually, almost all colleges are openly defying what is the ‘norm’ in public education by having hateful and divisive professors, speakers and programs. This isn’t what we’ve wanted for our children, is it? I didn’t.
Last year, my university freshman granddaughter went far, far away from home to a university chosen for the programs offered in her chosen field of study. Her parents and I drove her there, helped her get situated in this new and strikingly different environment, absorbing as much of the culture as we could before driving off and leaving her there alone. Her first day in a required class had an asinine teacher who walked in with a large button that said, “Not My President” and challenged the students to leave if they didn’t like it.
She was distressed. She called home wanting to know what she should do. Her dad told her it was her choice but if she wanted to drop the subject and take something else, she was free to do so. She didn’t. She stuck it out and she hated that class every day of the semester that she was in it. She passed the class but she hated it and the professor. Did she learn anything? No. Not really. She endured to the end and that was it.
In a few days she is going back to the same university and we are all clapping and cheering, but we are wondering – or at least I am – why it is necessary to have such demented, opinionated, egotistical, hate-filled instructors teaching our children. What is the point? Teaching young people to hate and act badly is not ‘challenging them to reach higher learning and/or the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in collage and in life’. No matter how you define it, it is teaching them to hate, to act badly and to destroy.
Well, we all know the point. Destroy America from within. How very sick.
I was delighted to hear a young man on that same television program yesterday morning, a representative of campusreform.org, tell about his organization and express the same dismay that I have felt. He said they get reports, all the time, from students who are faced with the same hateful vitriolic spewing that my granddaughter faced. Some report their information anonymously because they fear retribution. That’s right, here in America free speech is sliding down a slippery slope as college/university professors espouse their hatred and defy the kids to do anything about it. Where, or where is that fair or higher education? That is bullying in the highest form.