Parents want their kids to have good educations. The best, in fact. That’s why a lot of parents pony up the insane amounts of cash to send their kids to Ivy League schools. At least one school, Harvard, repaid that faith by giving students talking points for holiday discussions on “placemat” cards. You know, so they can lecture their knuckledragging relatives.
Harvard has advised students to lecture their non-Ivy-League relatives on liberal values in a bizarre set of holiday placemats to take home over Christmas.
The laminated cards raise some likely hot topics that lesser-educated family members may raise at the dinner table, then offers a suggested response.
Covering such complex issues as police brutality, racial divisions, and the Syrian war, one of the sections tells students to say: ‘Racial justice includes welcoming Syrian refugees.’
Honestly, there is just so much wrong here that this might take a little while. Bear with us.
First, let’s address the idea of talking points coming from the college itself. There are people in this country who believe college has become less about education and more about indoctrination.
When groups typically expressing one side of American politics are stifled, while professors can rail about guns in a biology class with not a word said by anyone in authority, it becomes a bit harder to look at those folks as being wrong. Oh, don’t get us wrong, plenty do and we tend to think they’re wrong about the goals of colleges.
However, this came from the college itself. These talking points clearly represent one side of these debates. They’re advising students to pick a particular side of them. There’s no effort at critical thinking here, there’s just an effort to get Ivy League students to parrot a particular set of values.
Folks, if you’re paying for your kid to get an Ivy League education, you may want to consider asking for a refund. After all, it looks to us like Harvard doesn’t think your kids are capable of handling holiday dinner conversation on their own.
That doesn’t even touch on the total fail some of these talking points make. For example, it brings up Tamil Rice’s shooting. Yes, it’s a tragedy by anyone’s estimation. However, it’s not as cut and dried as the Harvard card tries to make it. After all, outside experts have called the officers actions justified. If Junior tries to use this card at some family gatherings, he’s going to be very upset to find that he just couldn’t hold his own in the debate.
Each one of these talking points is vapid, emotion-ridden, and offers little if any substance. Yet they were handed out to students at what is supposed to be one of the elite colleges in the country. What does that tell you about the focus of these institutions?
You see, we’re thinking that as bad as some of the students at these schools may be acting, the problem lies with the administrations that tolerate some of this. The issue in Missouri wasn’t so much the whiny kids who demanded their “safe spaces”, but the professor who enabled them and even mustered up some “muscle” to expel a reporter. Where is she today? Still at the University of Missouri.
Yale permitted a student to scream, literally, at a staff member because of a difference of opinion. She has a right to her opinion, and she has a right to express her opinion, but there’s something wrong when that level of disrespect can be shown to a staff member and be permitted. It’s unsurprising that the professor who accidentally sparked that discussion has decided to stop teaching at Yale. If the college didn’t have our backs, we’d be out of there too.
College administrations are supposed to be the adults in the room. It’s beyond time they start acting like it and recognizing that they’re the people in charge. Deal with the real problems, and tell the students to learn to deal with disappointment on the rest. After all, that’s how the real world works.