By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Texans got through Harvey and Floridians survived Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Hurricane in recorded history because Americans pulled together. The American can-do spirit is alive and well as seen by the heroes of the Cajun Navy sailing their flotilla in harm’s way to help rescue flooded Texans. In Florida, we got through Irma the same way with neighbor helping neighbor as the Cat 5 Hurricane piled into the Keys and Miami. First responders were out in force, National Guardsman recalled to duty, and the power companies, prepared in advance of both Harvey and Irma to identify the problem and fix it whether a downed power line or a blown transformer. Sean Lennon, a St. Johns County Florida fire rescue worker has been on duty for 96 straight hours at the King St. Fire Station. Tomorrow he and his squad leave for the Keys to help that hard-hit community.
Contrast that to our young snowflakes on campus who require safe spaces and puppy therapy to manage their stress at having to cope with President Trump, and conservative speakers. Colleges, ever more protective of their student gravy train, are coddling students with speech codes so they don’t have to hear ideas that cause them discomfort. U of C Berkeley and other colleges have implemented a puppy therapy program to help the darling little snowflakes with stressers like final exams. Heck, why not eliminate the final exams and get rid of all stress. Then the only stressed people would be mom and dad who are paying the bills or perhaps the student when they cannot find work.
Yale President Peter Salovey, who also happens to be a psychologist, made a groveling apology to students upset by some Halloween costumes. Salovey represents the growing breed of educators totally out of touch with American values and American grit. How does Salovey think coddling students will prepare them for life’s difficulties? Winston Churchill said: “The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technicalities.”
President Theodore Roosevelt, a Harvard man said:
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
1400 Harvard men made the supreme sacrifice in America’s defence, and 18 Harvard men were recipient of the Medal of Honor. What would those men think of safe spaces and puppy therapy?
Where are the builders of character among the educators of today? Where can we find anyone who can instruct our young snowflakes in true grit. Maybe someone who has been through Harvey or Irma, and come out standing on their feet.