Even Some Leftists in Academia are Sick of Campus ‘Snowflakes’

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) With conservatives increasingly criticizing college campuses for promoting too much intellectual “safety” (read: liberal groupthink) at the expense of open-minded willingness to consider a diversity of opinions, several recent essays may give them hope that at least some university administrators are tired of churning out over-sensitive “snowflakes.”

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The new approaches conducive to pre-snowflake values don’t all come from the right, either. Liberal Franklin & Marshall College president Dan Porterfield joined this week with moderate former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman (an F&M graduate and board member) to tout that college’s new program to promote “grit” in academia.

“Once secured by degrees, professional success in the future will increasingly depend on coping and adapting to disruption: intellectual agility, determination, self-reliance, emotional intelligence, and the ability to innovate,” they wrote.

Their new project aims to find and encourage students who demonstrate a “blend of passion, persistence, and optimism” that signals “grit,” and to inculcate a “’growth mindset’ in high achievers that embraces challenges rather than fearing failure.”

Other colleges also employ modern tools to seek students not just based on some pre-determined checklist, but with an emphasis on which ones are likely to succeed in the real world. As The Atlantic reports, more than 50 colleges now use a type of software to match students with the schools most likely to best fit their individual interests and talents. Plenty of other colleges make similar efforts with different software.

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a free-market-oriented think tank, goes further, suggesting the “what succeeds” approach should start with student preparation before college. It does no good, wrote researchers Ike Brannon and Mike Nichols, to push kids into colleges only to see them drop out or otherwise fail. If colleges are financially rewarded for producing better outcomes and penalized for failing to do so, they will push less-prepared applicants to community colleges which are able to provide the remedial work needed to make them capable of true, four-year-university scholarship.

The idea is not to discourage higher-risk students from pursuing higher education, but rather to stop feeding them a myth that shortcuts, without proper educational building blocks, can lead to success.

Meanwhile, even some on the political left recognize our colleges fail to produce good citizens. In the journal Democracy, noted academic E.D. Hirsch writes that colleges should “teach a lot more history and civics, including the basic Enlightenment principles of the nation.” Hirsch says that all levels of American education have so over-emphasized “individualism” in recent decades that our students now often fail even to recognize a common culture and a common set of understandings. Without understanding Enlightenment values (including the value of the free exchange of ideas), this can lead to a lack of an ability even to listen to and learn from the other side – and thus to ignorance.

“The schools can and should improve culture,” Hirsch writes, “but without (as now occurs) leaving many of their students incompetent because they are ignorant.”

And:

To be effective as citizens and workers, every schoolchild needs to gain access to the public sphere and its standardized language, as well as to share a sense of belonging to a country that is worthy of devotion. This public sphere can be changed and improved—but only gradually, and with tact. It is important to abolish evil elements of our past culture, but it’s also important to offer every child access to the currently shared public culture.

Hirsch condemns, therefore, what he calls “the current anti-nationalistic orientation of our schools.” And Hirsch says this not as a conservative or Trumpist, but as one who writes that his “intended primary target audience is my fellow liberals.”

Alas, despite the growing recognition among thoughtful observers across the political spectrum that our colleges have gone off the rails, the over-sensitive, over-coddled nature of many of today’s students may be hard to shake. As the New York Post reported in February, half of all collegians think their student loans will (as if magically) be forgiven. Meanwhile – even at semi-traditionalist Notre Dame – exquisitely tender sensitivities still appear to predominate, at least in some quarters of campus. As Amber Athey reports at Campus Reform, a protest is brewing against the invited graduation speaker, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Protest organizers are encouraging fellow students to “write about why they ‘feel unsafe with the presence of Mike Pence on our campus.’” Pence, they say, will only further advance the prevailing “’white, conservative Catholic’ narrative at Notre Dame.”

To which most conservatives would say the protesters need to suck it up, endure the supposed insult, and show some grit.

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  • PRINCE4EVER O(->

    I was a snowflake….but now I’m just slush.

    • TiredVet1

      Seems the collages need to buy a lot of →snow machines← to keep them quite and non melting LOL.

    • Sally Koller

      I’m glad you got over it Prince4Ever, by whatever means .

    • James Higginbotham

      and with a sense of HUMOR and we NEED MORE of that today.

  • IrreverentOne

    My suggestion is that everyone, male and female, be required to give three years of military service to the country prior to entering post secondary education. This service need not be in combat situations but it needs to include basic training. I entered the US Navy as a seventeen year old know it all and exited as a 21 year old man. Military training endows people with a sense of responsibility and an understanding of our country that no other lifestyle can provide.

    • TiredVet1

      Problem is people have to want to help them selves before they can get help like that. I grew up with a Marine DI believe me we toted the line or it was KP for a month. They used to teach ROTC in high school I had two years of it they did away with it after the cold war was over.

      • Sylvia Avila

        Right! People have to have the desire and will to help themselves! Or else your hiring a wall!!

      • Sally Koller

        That’s a shame , I didn’t realize they stopped ROTC. This shows how old and out of the loop I am! Thank you for your sacrifice Tired Vet1.

      • DrBarbara

        My grandson did two tours in Afghanistan and it made a man out of him. He is now a valuable member of his community. And hey, thanks for your service.

    • roger dodger

      Hear, hear, I went into the USMC as a `17 yo, 4 years later, they had made a man out of me.

      • skipsart

        I’ll bet they made a man out of you long before your enlistment was up

      • DrBarbara

        Roger dodger–thank you for your service.

        • Fed up!

          You been listening to the comedian Bill Envil, Rodger Dodger.

      • James Higginbotham

        i joined the Marine Corps as an 18 year old kid they MADE A MAN out of me.
        they also gave me a purpose, direction, and reason for being.
        at 77 years Ole now i’m STILL A MARINE and PROUD.
        Semper Fi..

        • roger dodger

          Heard that, best thing that ever happened to me.
          Were it up to me every healthy male would at least do boot camp

          Semper Fi

        • Rap Scallion

          Same here……best thing that EVER happened in my life! 76 yo Vietnam Vet……Thank God for the USMC, it DID change me forever!

          I feel sorry for the young people who will never experience anything like that!

          OOOOORRRRRRAAAAAAHHHH Semper Fi!

          • Harley J. Spoon

            Doing away with the draft was a major mistake! It made old boys and young men, at the time, learn to make a serious decision about which branch of the military they would join before being drafted…Many of them wisely decided to join the Marine Corps!

          • James Higginbotham

            Yes we did Harley lol.
            and Happy Easter to All vets out there and ESPECIALLY ACTIVE AND US OLE SALT MARINES.
            1960 to 1971. two tours in the Nam.
            Semper Fi..

        • William Konrad

          77 years ole are we James.

          • James Higginbotham

            Yep i am William.
            and the funny part is i NEVER thought id survive Vietnam, and neither did my family, my Mom proved Prayers do work.
            and after my first tour was sent back after being wounded stayed back for a year but was restless and asked to go back, did 11 months before being wounded again, came back that time but the Marine Corps wouldn’t let me go for a 3rd tour.. which more than likely saved my life, i MISSED the guys is why i wanted to return again.
            Happy Easter.
            Semper Fi..

        • Wayne Hill Sr.

          At 66 I say SEMPER FI, BROTHER! 69-70 Hollywood Marine, 6042, Aviation Structural Mechanic, 3rd MAW, MCAS(H) Santa Ana, CA!

          Welcome Home and Thanks for your SERVICE, MARINE!

      • Harley J. Spoon

        Perhaps our current president could have (1) hauled his jug butt to Quantico instead of continuing his “struggles with venereal disease” and calling that his “Vietnam” and (2) lying about a bone spur in his heel (to get four+ draft deferments) that miraculously healed on the last day of the US role in Vietnam. What a hideous slam on those troops who fought, bled, were maimed and/or died in Vietnam! Trumpf is a President of the USA but he is not the USA and, since I am no longer in the military, he is not my Commander In Chief!

        • roger dodger

          Almost certainly,the election of Donald Trump, prevented civil war,.
          Still you liberal dem bloodsucking parasites keep right on going, don’t you?
          You scum are not going to like where you are headed, when you get there.

    • Vince

      Very true thank you

    • Sylvia Avila

      That is one idea!!

    • Sally Koller

      Thanks for your sacrifice Irreverent One.

    • wandamurline

      This is true….my husband is a veteran of Viet Nam, Desert Storm and Iraq….he is now retired military. Because he was not an officer, he was made to retire at age 60 and he hated to retire….worst day of his life. I have been concerned about the military, especially under Obozo….but now that the communists are no longer in charge, maybe the military will become what it used to be.

      • Sally Koller

        I sure hope so. My Dad was a lifer in the Air Force .He died 8 years ago and the only good thing about that is that he didn’t see what the traitor Obama did to the military and America.

      • Kirke Veeder

        same thing happened to me. Had 34 in and was in no hurry to retire. Hit that age 60 wall and out the door I went. I was just pleased that obozo’s name appeared nowhere on my discharge!

        • AKLady

          Disrespect for a U.S. President, after sucking at the government teat for 34 years. Childish name calling, you make America so proud.

          Save the insults, I buried two husbands who were KIA – Vietnam and I did two tours at combat hospitals.

          • Obozo was the worst person to occupy the white house. He ” Led ” from the rear where all the cowards are. I ‘m sorry AK but I do not believe a thing you write because I have read most of your garbage and it don’t add up.

            Serving in the military for 34 years is not sucking up to the gubmint teat and insulting ozero is not insulting a president because that phony was NEVER a real president. He was a liar , a racist and an America hater who Soros got elected. He had no new ideas , only the same old liberal lies while Kirke was willing to give up life for the country , including a phony like you..

            If what you say about your “: husbands ” is true then you are a total insult to their memory and should be ashamed to be spewing the garbage you spew out in every posting.

          • AKLady

            Your infantile name calling embarrasses the United States before the world.

            Your childish insults to the President are a violation of your oath of office. You bring shame upon the uniform you wore.

            Your insults to the Office of the President is a violation of your oath of office. You are the one lying.

            You can insult me until you are blue in the face. Someone has to respect your opinion, else an insult is simply wasted breath.
            You lost any respect I might have had for you a long time ago,

          • Thank you, I never wanted ” respect ” from a phony like you. Ozero was and is the worst occupier of the White House , He did nothing good for America. Insulting a person who deserves every word of it is not an insult, it is FACT which is something you are unaware of.
            One can insult the man ( well in ozeros case there is some doubt ) but still respect the office and I did NOT insult the office.

          • AKLady

            Blah, blah, blah, lie, insult, assume, xaggerate …repeat ad nauseam. Not one verifiable fact.

            Tedious, boring, repetitive …

          • Zygote , you really should grow some self esteem and stop saying such stupid things about yourself. Tedious , Boring and repetitive.

          • Louie Rey

            It seems like I got to you a little late. Kindly disregard and completely ignore anything and everything that this AKLady nut job posts. She’s just a troll that actually thinks that Hussein was something positive. She still, after 8 years of his pathetic reign of error, can’t seem to grasp that he was by far the very worst president this country’s ever had to put up with. If she comes across my post to you she’ll reply to it but like I said, I’ll just ignore it. It isn’t worth your, or any other person’s, time to even think about responding to her.

          • Louie Ray , I just can’t help it sometimes to let this undeveloped zygote think she is such a pundit. Like all libs , it wants to control the conversation using their descriptions of words. Yes she is a troll and a fool and not worth the effort. Just tired of her spreading manure around.

          • Louie Rey

            Hey, no problem. I didn’t know that you were already aware of her idiotic sentiments.

        • Louie Rey

          Kindly disregard and completely ignore anything and everything this AKLady posts. She’s a troll who just tries to antagonize anyone who disrespects her boy Hussein. All you have to know about her is that she supports him to know how delusional and idiotic she is. She still doesn’t realize that he was by far the very worst president this country’s ever had to endure. Enough said.

      • James Higginbotham

        we can pray under President Trump the Military will get back to being our MILITARY once again..

        • AKLady

          Do you mean the military we can no longer afford?
          Do you mean the veterans the under-funded VA can no longer adequately serve?
          Do you mean more Republican wars, funded by money barrowed from China?

          • AK zygote rides again ……
            America can’t afford more idiots like you, that’s for sure. The VA wastes more money in a year than some countries .It is only ” Underfunded ” because of the democrap stupidity that turned it into an overweight bureaucracy.

            Democraps got us into WW1 and WW2 ,Korea , Vietnam , Lebanon ,Somalia.
            Republicans had to fight after we were ATTACKED in New York and DC. Yes We republicans went back to Iraq and idiot obama pulled the idiotic thing that most privates know not to do which is tell your enemy when you are pulling out.Even President Trump understands how to lead from the front.

            We can afford the services, what we can’t afford is anymore raiding of the Treasury by democraps and their phony entitlements,.

          • RightWriter

            Very well said. AKLady is one of the biggest JERKS we run into here, and once she gets started she NEVER shuts up!

          • AKLady

            The 9/11 attackers were Saudi citizens.
            They trained in Saudi Arabia.Why did we attack Iraq and Afghanistan?

          • AK zygote still doesn’t understand why. When the zygote was forming, it’s little brain never finished forming. We should all say a prayer for it’s recovery or have the parents go back to Planned Murderhood and let them know they botched the job on this zygote.

          • AKLady

            A zygote does not have a brain.
            Before commenting, maybe you should take the time to learn something about which you are commenting?

          • RightWriter

            Well, NEITHER DO YOU (have a brain). So it seems to me Greg Hernandez is right on target.

          • AKLady

            One cannot have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.
            Come back when you have something more substantial than an insult.

          • AKLady

            All bu tone of the 9/11 terrorists were citizens of Saudi Arabia. The terror camp at which the 9/11 terrorists trained at is located in Saudi Arabia. It is sill open and churning out terrorists. The House of Saud is still our “ally”.

            The Iraq War ended with a Treaty which was signed by Emperor Bush II and approved by Congress. That treaty gave the date by which U.S. troops had to be out of Iraq.

            Bush II put us in Iraq War II. When did he become a Democrat?

            Bush I put us in Iraq War I. When did he become a Democrat?

            Bush I put us in Columbia. When did he become a Democrat.

            Eisenhower put us in Vietnam. When did he become a Democrat?

            Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

            Germany attacked American shipping.

            Col. Truman was President when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950. China and Russia both were supporting N. Korea. Truman became President when Franklin Roosevelt died in office.

          • AK Zygote is still awake but the brain is still dead.

          • AKLady

            Can’t provide Greg with actual facts, it might confuse him.

          • Oh AK Zygote, you really need to stop confusing yourself with intelligent people. I am not confused at all.

          • AKLady

            Kindergarten name-calling.
            Failure to look up facts.
            .

          • June Burgess

            I am not sure why the unlike button doesn’t work, I am sure it would be muliple high numbers after all the BS you write.
            Oh and by the way you can blame odummer for our budgetary mess as he is the one that but us trillions of dollars in debt.

          • AKLady

            June is hallucinating again.

          • AK Zygote , quit taking the LSD and eating magic mushrooms, YOU are living an hallucination.

          • AKLady

            Do you share hallucinogens with June?

          • You have them all little Zygote. Your drugged out ” World ” is a sad , unreal place where zygotes are killed by the millions and you are still supporting the murderers.

          • AKLady

            Thank you.
            Your input is always welcome
            It says so much about you.

          • Yes Zygote, I am human, you are an undeveloped Zygote. Too bad in a way , debate is fun, answering your rants is just boring to have to repeat over and over that you have no ideas , just left wingnut garbage.

          • June Burgess

            yup, hallucinating that you are of any importance or have anything constructive to say

          • The unlike is working now. I kinda overuse it when AK Zygote is writing. She once told me that planned murderhood only aborts Zygotes and they are NOT babies getting murdered.So I no longer respond to AK Lady, it is AK Zygote.

        • jaybird

          I hope it will change back. He just needs to be careful and don’t get sucked into meaningless wars. Dwight D. Eisenhower warned JFK about the “Industrialized Military Complex” and looked what happened to him. It has been exposed again lately about the papers in the Pentagon that they were going to topple 7 regimes in 5 years and change leaders, A lot of money flows around when there are wars to contractors, leaders and others that is never accounted for.

      • dux nobis28

        The problem as you identify it is Onozo his lying pieces of turds appointment Loretta lynch luring Susan Rice and his worthless appointed Jewish liberal judges thank god the Republicns refused to even discuss lid liberal Jew appointment to SCof the US

        • AKLady

          Name calling is childish.
          Most give it up by the 2nd or 3rd grade.
          Temper, temper …
          You need to practice more,
          you have not yet gotten the adult part down.

          • Wow , how did a Zygote get to the third grade ? You may have been alive for awhile zygote but you haven’t got the grown up thing down yet. Your rants are worse than the 70’s druggies.

        • AKLady

          Your religious bigotry insults everything out Founders fought and died for. Suggest that you try remembering the Jesus and the Apostles were Jewish

          • dux nobis28

            This has nothing to do with Christ and I resent your liking Chrtianity to Judism like Pollard who should have been executed Jews cannot be trusted to make policy Look at the problem Jarrod Kurchner is creating . on the subject of the Founding Fathers how many of them were Jewish! Look at mess the judiciary is in if any one group is over represented its Jews!

          • AKLady

            The majority of the Founders were Deists, not Christians.

            Religious bigotry is not welcome in America,
            please find somewhere else to live.

            Your statement regarding the judiciary is false.

    • The Capatin

      Welcome home, brother. We entered as boys and left the military as men. It gives one a perspective that you can’t get in the civilian world. It is something nearly everyone can use to develop a sense of duty and responsibility. It also gives liberty a value of which civilians cannot truly comprehend.

    • LBC1689

      This isn’t your daddy’s military today. PC policies which make training easier to accommodate women and permit perversion have gutted the rigidity and roughness producing a soldier with half the grit of those in the military 30 years ago.

      • Sally Koller

        That’s too bad . One of the reasons my Dad retired early in 1978 was because he already thought things in the Air Force were getting a little flaky.

      • RightWriter

        LBC1689 – you’re right, but that’s just one more reason universal military service won’t help. What we’d need is universal service that would turn out the soldiers with the grit of those of 30 years ago, but that’s not what we’d get. We’d get PC-addled snowflakes who couldn’t have made it thru basic training even 10 years ago. And I don’t see how the armed services can accommodate that many people who will never carry their weight (or learn much of anything). God knows the services have ENOUGH to do as it is!

    • DrBarbara

      Hey IrreverentOne, I so agree with you. I also think anyone running for public office of any kind should do 2 or 3 years in the military. Oh and btw–thanks for your service.

      • James Higginbotham

        i agree.
        most politicians DON’T have a REAL CLUE about much of anything and id say most of them come out of LEFTIST colleges and taught by leftist so called professors who also DON’T know much of anything, but the Marine Corps TAUGHT me what i needed to know because it’s a REALITY CHECK.
        so I’ve been saying for years now to BRING BACK THE DRAFT..
        it worked and can work again and ALL LEFTIST SNOW FLAKES NEED A REAL, REALITY CHECK..
        Semper Fi..

      • Bernie

        Dr.
        Either have served in the military or ran a business for at leafy two years!

        • Mic

          Be sure to make that a ‘Legal’ business, and no law firms or advertising firms included.

          • RightWriter

            Even “legal business” is a risky definition these days, when in some states drug sales, abortion clinics, and God knows what are “legal businesses.” I do object to banning law firms and advertising firms, though, because many of them do really valuable work for the public or for organizations I bet you’d support. And a lot of really good people work in those fields.

          • RightWriter

            “Legal” business could be a problem these days, with some states legalizing all sorts of drugs (even while death rate rises), abortion providers, etc. And I wouldn’t ban law firms or advertising firms completely; many do very good work for the public’s benefit. And they teach skills people can use if/when they move on from those positions.

    • Grim Reaper

      Go Navy!!! Former Corpsman with the Marine Corps who used his G.I. Bill to get a college education paid for by the government.

      • James Higginbotham

        Grim,

        Semper Fi Brother, Marines LOVE our Navy Corpsmen, and as you must know we DON’T allow anyone to mess with in a Rifle Platoon, DOC is the MAN.. glad you served with us and did your college on the GI BILL.

    • TOM HENRY

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE IRREVERENTONE!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!

    • James Higginbotham

      i agree, the Military will snap their little heads in the right direction or they will be sent home with a not so Honorable Discharge.
      we need to also bring the DRAFT BACK…

    • Johnny G.

      You Sir have hit the nail on it’s head! I personally endorse a “mandatory” term of service between education levels. Thank you for your service!

    • Jack Attack

      As soon as you do that, the snowflakes will demand from our Federal politicians the right to lead the military services. We are already seeing that now. The services, instead of defending our nation and preparing for real war, will become a larger social experiment in political correctness. Those who would volunteer under our current system will be outnumbered by those who couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time or out think a box of hammers, not to mention those who would actively seek to undermine the military. People like Pelosi, Reid, Water, Obama, and Brown. Imagine a military full of leftist and looneys and then running it.

      A quick look at what the Roman’s did to their legions in the last third of their history may help you decide that having people who do not believe fully in their mission will lead to the eventual destruction of their society. They did it a little differently, they replaced their citizen soldiers with outsourced foreign nationals, mostly Germans. Eventually, the Germans took over and the Roman Empire became history.

    • AKLady

      Excellent idea, but the taxpayer simply cannot afford to pay out that much in welfare benefits.

      • IrreverentOne

        I have been reading your posts for some time now and have never bothered to respond until now. Your have, in the recent past, posted that you have been married to service men who died serving their country. Now you post that getting paid for serving your country is a form of welfare. You, and others like yourself, are either self serving idiots or seriously mentally retarded. This is the only time I will bother responding to anything you post.

        • AKLady

          Actually, you would be terribly wrong, A large percentage of today’s young people cannot read and write, let alone follow orders.

          They are about as lazy as lazy can get. The military would simply wash them out of boot camp. Put in simply military lexicon, they are 4F.

          Maybe you should increase your reading comprehension, as well as your knowledge of what is being “graduated” by our school systems.

    • regulus30

      ISRAEL

    • RightWriter

      I agree military service can make a man (ok, let’s say an adult, since you want women included) out of the worst snowflake in the class, but the military can’t ABSORB, or USE, everybody. The services would be swamped with young men & women, most of whom couldn’t have QUALIFIED under the selection process in use today. I think the military services have enough to worry about being asked to become a National Kindergarten for every immature 17- or 18-year-old superannuated baby in the country. They’re supposed to be preparing to fight WARS, not training children. As President Trump said, they ARE the best there is at what they do — but they really shouldn’t be asked to take on the job of raising every BRAT to adulthood because his/her parents didn’t, or couldn’t, or just didn’t give a damn.

    • RightWriter

      WHAT ON EARTH is the military going to DO with all those useless snowflakes? Most of them will NEVER make it even thru basic training, and they’re just going to be WASTING the time of trained military men and women trying to make something of them. I agree about the good things military training DOES, but if the services are spread so thin by having to do it — or TRY to do it — for MILLIONS more kids every year, the REAL military won’t be able to do ITS job, either. The military has PLENTY to keep their plates full in the current world, without being turned into a sort of Armed Services Pre-School for Snowflakes in need of military training.

    • Harley J. Spoon

      Military service endows most of its participants with a sense of country and an investment of time and sweat in their country…Therefore, they feel more inclined to citizenship and contribution. I was a Marine Corp Officer Candidate (PLC) before and during Vietnam and grew up as a military brat (the son of a career soldier/hero who fought in three wars–WW2, Korea and Vietnam). I am a moderate to liberal/progressive Texas Democrat and have been since my college days..I am 74 years old. I have never missed a vote and an opportunity to help my country with some tough love at times but always with patriotism and loyalty (but not blind chauvinism) . Yes, my military experience made me a better American and man.

      • IrreverentOne

        First of all I thank you and your father for your service to the country. I do have a question for you. What is your belief when it comes to the current behavior of the progressive arm of the Democratic Party?

    • Shecky

      Couldn’t have said it better…
      Marines 1973-83
      Enduring life/coping skills and mental fortitude.
      As my DI put it, “When I’m done with you there will be a man on the other end”. Best days are the ones you thought you were going to die and didn’t!!
      Semper Fi to all my Brothers in ALL branches!!

  • Normie G

    How about two years in the military for an Associate’s Degree? Even trade! One way to get an education sort of Free! And, all your snow will be melted!

    • James Higginbotham

      Normie.
      while in any of our services kids can apply to go to College, their NOT just going to give one a Degree just for being in the Military and that’s how it should be..

      • Mic

        I am pretty sure that Normie meant 2 years of college tuition paid by government after 2 years of military service.

    • RightWriter

      What is the military supposed to DO with all those kids who under today’s rules couldn’t get INTO even junior college? The armed forces have enough to do preparing for & if necessary fighting wars without being turned into a National Pre-School for Snowflakes who need shaping up (and most of whom are never going to be even slightly useful to the military, anyway). The kids’ snow might be melted, but their heads will still be packed with cotton, hay and rags.

  • Jeff Z

    These progressive flakes started long before the college indoctrination centers…..the Boy Scouts are phasing out the use of axes and knives….afraid they’ll hurt themselves. Meanwhile, the Russian equivalence of the Girl Scouts, can field dress an AK47 at age 12. lol

    I would imagine these these lemmings’ kids would be far worse but fortunately most of them cant procreate.

    • BornAgainSouthernPride

      There are some benefits to parental inflicted gender dysphoria…

    • Vince

      How true the DEMOTARDS have made all are male children into pu$$ys. I mean is good to care about people and respect women. By we must trun are male children into men. I feel the Boy Scouts was a good thing. And a strong father figure in the family, is very important.

      • Sylvia Avila

        Right! The left wants men mentally​ weak! Better to control them! Remember NWO agenda to control everyone! So we all need to be physically! Mentally! And spiritually strong! Especially our men!!! God Bless!!

        • Sally Koller

          I have long believed all men who are democrats are weaklings . They even look like it !

          • Sylvia Avila

            Right!! They are tainted by evil Dems !!!

          • Sally Koller

            Exactly !

          • R G

            Chucky the Clown Schumer is a perfect example.

          • James Higginbotham

            and you CAN’T FOOL THE LADIES right Sally.
            very good point Ma’am.

          • Sally Koller

            Very good James . Thank you sir!

        • James Higginbotham

          what id recommend, is everyone read the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO.
          in this you will SEE what their 10 PLANKS of Communist long game is in how to DESTROY a Nation..
          and id say in this Nation their at plank (9) right now and in my view the TREASONOUS DEMORAT PARTY is pushing Communism right along.
          and with George Soros and his Billions helping them try and DESTROY OUR REPUBLIC..

          • Debra Shawver

            That and the 45 Communist Goals to Takeover America” or watch the movie “Agenda:Grinding America Down”….both state clearly what is happening in America as well as 2 Tim Ch 3

      • wandamurline

        Until they invited the sodomites and gender identify confused to join. Very bad decisions on their part and it will hurt over time.

        • Sally Koller

          Indeed . These subjects should not even be discussed. How many kids were given ideas about this and decided they were transsexuals? I imagine quite a few .

          • RightWriter

            I’ve heard about situations where the PARENTS are RAISING their kids to be “transgender,” because MOM & DAD think it’s “cool”! And they’re starting when the kids are 3 or 4 years old — hardly even old enough to know if they ARE boys or girls! Disgusting.

          • Sally Koller

            Totally sick fools like these have no right to raise children! This is real child abuse!

        • James Higginbotham

          it already has hurt all groups..
          PRAY President Trump can TURN ALL THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AROUND or we will LOSE our nation.

      • TOM HENRY

        SOOOOO TRUE!!! 100% RIGHT-ON.

      • James Higginbotham

        Vince.
        as you know the Boy scouts has made a lot of little Boys into MEN by starting them out in the RIGHT DIRECTION, but they through the years like a lot of other groups have been DESTROYED BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, AND HAS RULED THE DAY.
        we NEED to get back to TRADITION.

    • wandamurline

      The scary part is that they will someday be running the country….that should make you afraid.

      • Sally Koller

        I hope none of them go into health care !

      • TOM HENRY

        Afraid and scary.

      • Jeff Z

        I see them grooming Kushner and Ivanka to be the next Bill and Hillary. A lifelong liberal and a psychotic NWO Zionist. That alone should finish the place off.

  • Richard Mohr

    If there is a variety of software being used to match students with schools or whatever, there must be people that have figured out how to beat them. Are there any books that coach high school students how to fool these software?

    It’s kind of like an arms race. Meanwhile, what should well-performing American-Asians do in order to avoid the bias that works against them?

  • wandamurline

    Not everyone is college educated oriented. Some people want to make a living in work that involves brawn….like plumbing, pipe fitting, welding, police, firemen and making things with the hands…this is where the vocational instructions from junior colleges do well. And then there are the progressive liberal socialists free society…and I do not know if they can be helped….they may be too gone.

    • Sally Koller

      Vo tech programs in high school are just for people who don’t want to sit behind a desk .

      • TOM HENRY

        Hi Sally!!! How are you?? True because potential technicians will get too bored sitting behind a desk pushing a pencil. Plus getting a paper cut HURTS.

        • Sally Koller

          Hi Henry , I’m good , how are you ? Lots of people just like to work with their hands and maybe their bodies too . Yes paper cuts hurt, but sitting for hours everyday hurts your heart and most of the rest of your body !

  • Rick D.

    Good idea provided we could weed out the cowards like PVT. Bergdahl before they became a disruptive and divisive source.

  • TOM HENRY

    I thought that snowflakes and leftists were the same thing. One of them melts and the other falls off the cliff. But anyway. They need to teach not only more History of The United States, but also have to be more specific in detail. Teach more World History. They need to teach why and how this Country and World is the way it is. Teach more Political Science along with the other subjects Math and English Writing.

    • James Higginbotham

      tOM.
      FROM MY UNDERSTANDING the Kids are not even taught CIVICS anymore..
      but i also agree with your statement.

    • RightWriter

      I’m surprised to hear they still teach English writing — from examples I’ve seen from grads of “good” colleges, they haven’t learned the difference between a noun and a verb. Kids DO need World History (not “more” of it, just SOME) and U.S. History. I’d agree on PoliSci too, except so many of the profs are Marxists that we’d probably just produce another generation of useful idiots.
      The best advice is still, PICK YOUR COLLEGE (or your KID’S COLLEGE) VERY carefully. There ARE good, or at least honest, schools out there; you just gotta hunt for ’em.

  • Allan Scott

    One can thank most of the liberal college professors for turning gullible kids into snowflakes and especially most of the California University system whose chancellors give direction.

    • TOM HENRY

      Yea after they graduate, they still need to be pointed on where to go and what to do.

  • 1776

    The real world is raw, cruel and blunt… get used to it

    Mother Nature is cruel, folks. The real world is cruel. It’s not all hugs and lovey dovey hugs and smoochey smoochey kisses. If you’ve never lived in nature, you may not know this.

    If you live in a university, you don’t live in the real world. You live in a fantasy world that exists in total contradiction to nature. In the real world, animals compete. Predators hunt and kill. Innocents die. The strong survive. In today’…s universities, the weakest, most pathetic feminizes males get worshipped, the professors give everybody the same passing grades for “effort,” and the archetype of the strong male protector and defender of society is vilified. Self-defense is condemned, and logic and reason are supplanted by “feel good” social conformity. Universities are now indoctrination centers for tomorrow’s pathetic LOSERS.

    Because of the influence of the libtard left, academia in America has almost become synonymous with STUPIDITY, weakness and failure.

    Why precious college snowflakes will eliminate themselves from the human gene pool.

    • nocbsfan

      Wow sure glad I didn’t go to school in today’s world.

    • James Higginbotham

      1776.
      i agree with your assessment, but NOTHING like Combat with SNAP one into REALITY quicker than anything, been there done that in Vietnam, not that i wish that on anyone, but the Marine Corps and Combat REALLY taught us young Marines the REAL MEANING OF LIVE AND DEATH..
      and from what I’ve seen of those SNOW FLAKES they wont even survive the REAL WORKING WORLD, there they will be CONFRONTED WITH REALITY..
      but i PRAY we still have a lot of Kids who don’t buy into the POLITICAL CORRECT BULL- CRAP, pushed upon them by the SCUM AND EVIL LEFTIST.

  • Ed Hostilo

    Why not forgive student loans??? Amazingly physicians and other extremely high paid health care professionals have their loans forgiven! Ironic isn’t it that a doctor that makes an upper 6 or 7 figure income has no trouble having them forgiven, but of course that likely has to do more with the AMA being the biggest lobbying group in washington!

    • RightWriter

      It has more to do with there being a shortage of doctors, especially doctors in family practice (general practitioners) in many parts of the country. And GPs usually DON’T make 6 or 7 figure incomes (those fees go to specialists), not that that’s particularly relevant. And this isn’t really relevant, either, but FYI the AMA is only the #3 biggest lobbyist in DC (and lays out only about 25% of the top shop’s spending) — the top 3 (with total spending) are:
      US Chamber of Commerce $1,329,065,680
      National Assn of Realtors $416,068,574
      American Medical Assn $351,242,500

  • Miyako

    How come i Never hear The Word..Communist Professor’s’? Or..College Marxists”? (students) Let’s start Calling A Spade a Spade Bolshevik is Another Term we Should Use.

    • Debra Shawver

      Agree 10000000%

  • needful

    make it plain and simple,they’re pumping out idiots!!!

  • Nicodemus

    Heck, even the Boy Scouts taught me a lot and instilled positive values…..of course that was before they bent-over to the LBGT lawsuit-terrorists…. Hopefully they still teach riflery, camping, first aid and citizenship….and not tie-tying, flower arranging and cross-dressing…

    • PissedoffVet

      naw they classified that as prepping now a days. But it was something we all did back then. LOL.

  • kilfincelt

    I disagree with Hirsch about “over-emphasizing individualism”. The problem is not individualism but collectivism. Many of today’s college students believe in various forms of socialism which is collectivist in nature. They reject the idea of free speech which individualists hold dear. Of course, some of these students don’t even know what socialism is. They just follow the pack.

  • Debra Shawver

    Well…these libbie/communist/progressives are reaping what they have sown…..the mindless subjects called “snowflakes” are taught to think only that their indoctrinated views of socialism/communism is what matters and shutting down speech you do not agree with is what they have been brainwashed into believing is the way to go…..read the 45 Communist Goals to Takeover America…they are ALL listed right there…..only a fool would think this was not engineered starting many decades ago by the progressive movement…..so far from the “Federalist Papers” and Constitution that NONE of them are taught. One night on “Watter’s World” and you see the mindless fools on TV that cannot even tell you how many Senators we have or that we are a Constitutional Republic and not a democracy…..beyond disgusting,,,but what is worse is folks from my 60’s generation let us devolve into this….liberty and freedom once lost is forever gone…morals and ethics as followed by the follywood crowd, demoncrats one one worlder RINOs have made a mess of our country. It is up to “We the People” to fix it. President Trump was only the 1st step. We must now drain the swamp…not elect more demoncrat fools like Ossoff into Congress.

  • Irredeemably Deplorable

    There’s a thing I call upon in times like these when referencing the current mindset of liberal students. Beginning around 1909 it became an internationally recognized standard for distress.

    S.O.S.

    Considering, it is appropriate that those three letters apply to both the past and the present. Of course, Stuck On Stupid (as I refer to current leftist crap), S.O.S. in this context can also be a sounding of alarm with regard to the potential for those who are actually Stuck On Stupid eventually being in a position of running a company or country.

    S.O.S. We need to change course or we are going to find nobody to answer the call.

  • Doc

    Seems that ALL nations that require compulsory military service produce citizens that respect and care about their own country(s). Here in the US, those that put a minimum of 1 tour into any branch – USN, USAF, USA, or USCG, mature to find out what they really want in life or not. I went to Vietnam, found an excellent working environment in the the military, and ultimately stayed for 27 years. During which, the Navy allowed me to earn 2 Bachelor’s Degrees and a Master’s Degree plus excellent overseas tours. Neither of the previous degrees or travel would have been available to me, most likely, had I taken a civilian “job” rather than to develop a “career”.
    Yes, I agree with compulsory military service…..it would end the “myth” that college is the only solution to getting a job and all the “put-down” done to blue collar workers/jobs would end, and provide support for our military, and build a career. There are literally 100s of occupations available to all types of interests of new inductees as well as professional careers after putting in sufficient time. These include medical school, nursing school, dental school, to name a few. There is so much more availability to develop oneself in the military, make a good living, get great benefits, good tours, travel, and develop a profession. Anyone who cannot make it in the military either is anti-social or immature,…..IMHO.

  • spent

    Toughen up parents! This call is from a teacher of 34 years! Schools hold students accountable, teachers accountable if they are teaching subversive materials that undercut the value of educational determination based on standards set by the community not by politicians, get rid of the Dept. of Education and get the government out of the lives of these young people. I could go on, but I will stop!

  • regulus30

    LIFE AIN’T FAIR; life ain’t easy, grow up you wimp aced kids and get crackin.

  • RightWriter

    Excellent article. It’s high time, of course, but nice that at least a FEW liberal educators are waking up. The process of un-brainwashinng the snowflakes MUST start before college, though; they could begin by getting RID of that “everybody gets a trophy just for showing up” nonsense in Middle School Kids have to learn to cope with failure, both minor (middle school “athletic” competitions) and serious (getting rejected by your #1 college choice, or maybe flunking all those AP classes the principal pushed every kid to take, whether remotely qualified or NOT).

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    You knuckleheads created the snowflake generation, maybe it’s you that are problem.

    • RightWriter

      Who are “you knuckleheads”? Today’s parents? You have a point, but maybe it goes back at least a generation further than them! And of course some of us fought tooth and nail to prevent or avoid turning OUR kids into snowflakes, even if we couldn’t save EVERY kid.

      • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

        You knuckleheads = the liberal college professors, teachers, school boards and bozo voters who didn’t pay attention to the school board elections.

  • Alan777

    These liberal college administrators and professors are so retarded that it takes special group think sessions and tons of negative experience with students for them to finally see a little bit of common sense about human nature.

  • Louie Rey

    Let’s hope this is true but I’m not going to hold my breath. These Leftists are basically responsible for the snowflake persona so why suddenly are they up in arms over it? I’ll believe it when I see that the faculty at all of these colleges and universities eliminate any liberal agenda and partisanship from their classrooms and just go about, you know, educating their students as opposed to indoctrinating them.

  • lex Banez

    That is what happens when you are not motivated to join.

  • Sue Boclair

    “Snowflakes” are the result of parents and schools “not” doing their jobs, now the rest of us have to deal with them. These spoiled brats were (are) given everything for doing absolutely nothing, they are the “me me me generation” who are never told “no” so they throw tantrums. What really scares me is that these kids will be flying off the handle when they get a taste of the real world and told “no”.
    I think the military is an excellent idea, not only would it deprogram them, it would turn these babies in to adults.

    • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

      I don’t know I recently saw an article that claimed the Marine Dis are not allowed to yell at the recruits or call them names. Even the military is going to be nothing but snowflakes if we keep heading the wrong way.

  • dux nobis28

    Hoping that Trump keeps his word and deports all illegals the advancement of The Jew Kurvhner at the expense of Bannon is a grave disappointment I agree with the democrats that Kurchner s security clearance should be revoked before he costs us another trillion dollars in aid to Israel !

  • IrreverentOne

    This is exactly the kind of response I would expect from a snowflake. What’s the problem William? Afraid that a little discipline in your life will harm you? Worried that you can’t make the grade? Concerned that the female next to you is a better soldier? Toughen up snowflake.

  • Nevadavoter1

    What I am wondering is who is going to hire the ‘snowflake’ generation? Because of the lefty, safe room mentality, I fear we will have an entire generation tarred with the same brush!

    • Sally Koller

      They will sit in their rooms smoking pot while their parents support them.

  • Bravo! E.D Hirsch is advocating a return to the critical thinking skills and civility that defined America and permitted civilized discourse among people with differing opinions for two centuries. Pluralism requires tolerance of different IDEAS not just different races, cultures, genders etc etc. Pluralism does not require safe spaces.

  • midogman

    oh wait, your serious. allow me to laugh harder, lololollolol.

  • John

    I thought all snowflakes were different from one another.