Permissive parents spawn spoiled-brat students

college student protestInternet news sources, TV, and mainstream print media are filled to the brim these days with the infantile antics of spoiled-brat college students. Some bratpacks have joined forces with the militant fascist, Black Lives Matter roving mobs, trying to highjack American universities and colleges.

Reminiscent of the “soup Nazi” on Seinfeld, now we are treated to narcissistic bands of student Nazis who mount protest marches and trash buildings whenever someone says something they don’t like. These students operate like the raised-fist Brownshirts in 1930s Germany, disrupting meetings of opposing political groups, staging screaming matches, repressive speech codes, avoiding adulthood, shouting for “safe spaces,” and easier grading.

It’s a disease that’s infectious. But it’s a disease that has been incubated on college campuses by the universities themselves. For more than two generations, American colleges have promoted affirmative action, Orwellian methods of social control, “victims’ studies,” racist policies cloaked as equality and liberal ideologies that villainized business and the military. Students who engaged in protests and disruption were coddled and protected by the administration and faculty because, well, their feelings could be hurt; their sensitivities might be offended; the self-esteem of the young darlings may be damaged. Lately, you are permitted a smile as those same administrators and faculty are getting what they deserve. The kids have taken over the campus.

But the root cause of this student brain disease began even before university academics got their talons into the students. It began much earlier. A 1975 book entitled “Liberal Parents, Radical Children” explored the process by which the parents of Baby Boomers failed to teach the proper mindset of mature attitudes, and the skills needed for adulthood, to their children: “We proclaimed you sound when you were foolish… you were the most indulged generation,” resulting in these children being left to their own ineffective devices. So the Baby Boomers grew up, incubated in ignorance and ill-prepared to teach their own children (many of whom now run today’s colleges and universities) how responsible citizens think and behave.

As a result, as Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal has written, “In three generations, the campuses have moved from indulgent liberalism to destructive radicalism to the raised-fist racialism of the present.”

What America now suffers is a university system in disrepair.  This system has created or allowed the rise of a culture of whole crops of students who are unprepared academically, less mature than students of previous generations, and who are encouraged to take such worse-than-useless courses as “Demystifying the Hipster,” “Wasting Time on the Internet,” “On Being Bored,” “Zombies in Popular Media,” and “The Joy of Garbage.”

There is some comeuppance in seeing student activists, when they aren’t being crybabies, lawlessly overrunning campuses to quash ideas they disagree with and shout down free speech they don’t believe deserves a hearing. What these obnoxious students really want is control. But courage is in short supply among some professional college educators. This means some of the spineless, tuition-collecting educators will just give in to the radicals, who have no clue that America’s Founders risked death to preserve the right to speak freely.

So good luck to the parents of qualified students, many of whom support the radicals, who are shelling out huge annual sums for a good education for their children.


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