Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Real Life Mirrors Good Will Hunting

So our neighbors to the north in Michigan at the academic and athletic powerhouse University of Michigan have decided that students can choose whatever personal pronoun they like to be addressed as on any given day, depending on their mood or something. Anyway the decision comes from an august body at the U of M:

The move is the result of a Pronoun Committee of staff and faculty that met for the past year. The committee was in response to a student petition.

When a "university" invests money, time and authority of any kind in a "Pronoun Committee", it makes a complete farce out of the entire idea of education. Or as Will Hunting says in one of my favorite movie scenes of all time, starting at 3:25 (pardon the language)

See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you're going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a (f''ing) education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!

Yeah, pretty much that. It is my contention, and one that grows more certain by the day, that unless you are pursuing some sort of specific, vocationally required education that you can only get in a university setting (nursing, accounting, etc.), then the very last place you should go in order to educate yourself is a university. Universities by and large are mostly places where young "adults" are force-fed nonsense and leftist propaganda, meaning that they are woefully unprepared for life outside of the "safe spaces" of a university. While colleges have always been far-left bastions, at least when I was in school you could hold to a dissenting opinion. Now you are required to think only a certain way, meaning that universities are doing the precise opposite of educating.

In a world where information is available to anyone at any time for free at the drop of a hat, the very reason for universities is rapidly evaporating. Do yourself and your kids a favor, teach them to love to read and have an inquisitive mind and skip the $100,000 in debt.

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