The extent to which American universities have gone to placate students after the presidential election is both bemusing and appalling.
The Episcopalian site Stand Firm has a post called ‘Cry Me A River’ which begins:
Does anyone recall being coddled when any of the liberal/progressives were elected to office in the last 20 years?
Leftists, please. There is nothing liberal or progressive about them.
The link in the quote is from Zero Hedge which had a round up of post-election therapy sessions at institutions of higher learning — including graduate schools — around the United States.
The prestigious University of Michigan Law School held a ‘post-election self-care’ event complete with snacks, colouring sheets and Play Doh.
The University of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump’s alma mater, brought in colouring books and puppies for their students. Tufts and the University of Kansas also made puppies available to the traumatised.
The University of Michigan’s Flint campus and Stanford made counselling available for students experiencing ‘uncertainty, anger, anxiety and/or fear’.
Cornell held a ‘cry-in’:
As the event took place, students — roughly 20 or so, according to the Sun’s video — wrote their reactions and emotions on poster boards with colored markers, or with chalk on the ground. A chilly day on the Ithaca campus, at one point the demonstrators huddled together as what appeared to be a barista brought them warm drinks. Several adults, most likely professors, stood around the group. The event appeared to take on the atmosphere of a funeral wake.
Yale had a ‘group scream’ and at least one professor made arrangements for students who could not bear to take an upcoming Economics exam.
Jon Victor is the managing editor of the Yale Daily News and tweeted this on November 8:
However, the psychologically wounded students at Yale were not so kind to Trump supporters. A Yale Daily News article reported:
A senior Trump supporter in Berkeley College, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of backlash, said the distraught reaction to Trump’s victory highlighted a double standard in Yale’s political culture.
“[Students] talked about Trump not being able to graciously change over our democracy if he lost,” the student said. “Well, we’ve gotten five or six ‘F–k you’s just walking around this evening [in “Make America Great Again” caps].”
This is the big problem. By perpetually indulging hurt feelings, adults in positions of authority as professors, teachers and parents have created a generation of angry children of majority age who cannot accept loss or defeat.
As my reader Undergroundpewster commented on Stand Firm:
This is what happens when you raise a generation of kids that never have to learn the agony of defeat. These are the same kids who when they were little did not keep score in ball games and were not strictly graded in school.
The ‘prizes for all’ and the excessive ‘hurt feelings’ philosophies (for lack of a better word) in education and at home must go. These two notionally caring practices have created a generation of violent, monstrous bullies who care nothing about anyone but themselves.