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Title and link: Sensitive Sally Smacks Special Snowflake Student Silly
Flava: That students have devolved from buddy [sic] scholars and statesmen to butthurt babies is, sadly, a trend that’s been happening for quite a while now, as higher ed has facilitated, if not encouraged, them to elevate their feelings above all else. But why is there no grown up in the room? If it’s “fair” that academics retaliate by suit against students for butthurt of their own, then cries of academic freedom will be replaced by screams to “lawyer up.”
Reaction: I was pretty sure I'd read about this case here before, but I couldn't find it. I haven't watched the student's video yet. I am intrigued by the idea that the professor was not modeling grown-up behavior. The comments are interesting (not that I necessarily agree with them); one commenter mentions the Streisand Effect. The article has a link to the IHE piece about the same case.
Title and link: Snowflake Students: “We’re Too Fragile To Be Educated!”
Flava: (Trigger warning: this is about trigger warnings.) Ideas thoughtfully explored? Debate? Critical thinking? That’s all too threatening to worldviews that have become so shrunken, narrow, parochial and self-interested that they could almost be mistaken for…wait for it…reactionary, know-nothing, provincialism.
Reaction: What interested me here is the drawing together of a few sources that compare triggering with PTSD. I don't think I have finalized my opinion about triggering: part of me thinks people need to learn to protect themselves, but another part thinks that is too easy an answer. So I still have several questions about it.
Title and link: No, Snowflake, We’re Not Responsible for Your Student Loan Debt
Flava: Actually, there is another model: don’t go to colleges you can’t afford. Mr. Hopp suffers from an affliction that strikes many middle-class Americans: higher education entitlement. If they want to go to an expensive school but can’t afford to go to an expensive school then someone else is obligated to pay for their education. That’s only fair, right?
Reaction: I am not a fan of the idea that college is specialized vocational training, so I don't like the insinuation that one shouldn't "[major] in a subject that is in low demand on the job market." I also don't think the author quite understands (or willfully misunderstands) the point of the article he is criticising. While I might agree that the education provided by expensive schools isn't necessarily "better" in direct proportion to the increased tuition, neither do I think of expensive schools as "luxury goods" that benefit no-one but their students. Presumably, those who are admitted to academically rigorous schools are done so on the basis that they will likely succeed in the program, and their education then will elevate society as a whole. I don't think that end is served as well if only those who can pay can go.