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Posted on 03/21/2011 2:20:44 AM PDT by nancyvideo
For some time, I have made a habit of asking students their major (and minor) immediately after they ask me a silly question. This is necessary because I teach two basic studies courses per semester both populated by students from across the spectrum of academic disciplines. I have found (consistently) that nearly all inane questions and comments come from students in just a handful of academic majors.
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The only “rigor” to be found in the US academia is Mortis, I’m afraid.
FUNNY, but sadly true.
Thank you nancyvideo for posting this, and thank you to Mike Adams for writing it. It needed to be said, though the ‘studies’ group probably would not understand it if they read it.
While we are at it, there are probably a lot other ‘disciplines’ that could be eliminated from our colleges and universities and never be missed.
Even more frightening....some of these ‘scholars’ come from high schools with ludicrous 17-way ties for valedictorian honors.
Most of the “studies” are designed specifically for students who wish to be thug soldiers of the Democrat party. They are highly trained professional morons.
It puzzles me how anyone with a studies degree can find steady and reliable work. The other curious thing is that none of these studies degrees existed before the 1970s.
My wife has one. She became a middle school teacher.
I went back to school some years ago. I thrived in hard sciences that dealt with facts and theory based on facts and observations. I took more than I needed, just because I enjoyed them.
Where I ran into trouble was when I had to take required classes that were thinly disguised political indoctrination. I had to take a Mass Communications class taught by a guy from Africa who had a deep, visceral hatred of the United States and never missed a chance to incorporate it into the curriculum. You could pass if you regurgitated the ‘four feet good, two feet bad’ kind of crap that he wanted to hear.
I very visibly dropped his class while he was mid-sentence in the middle of one of his tirades. I got tired of being shouted down by the entire class for (very respectfully) presenting a different point of view.
A required English class that I took ended up being set on rails to support lefty positions on social issues; ‘write a paper explaining why the city council should appropriate new funds to expand homeless outreach programs for undocumented immigrants’.
Wow. When I returned to college none of us would have dreamed of asking what was on a test, but we didnt have any studies courses. We read our text books and research for papers was done at the library, not cut and past from the internet no internet yet.
Great article, thanks for posting. I might have to get the book by Mr. Adams mentioned at the bottom of the article.
write a paper explaining why the city council should appropriate new funds to expand homeless outreach programs for undocumented immigrants.
If we had to write a similar paper it would have been Should city council appropriate
Good example. My very conservative wife is a professor for two colleges. It is a constant battle for her to come up with essay topics that will not get her fired by her progressive/liberal bosses and her conservative views.
I had a tendency to do that very thing. I made a lot of trouble for myself that way. :-)
Nowadays we have underage drinking allowed on campuses and co-ed dorms, boys and girls sharing rooms.
Nobody learning anything.
My biggest peeve over the university system is that they were forced to take and pay for these worthless "studies" classes.
My biggest of all irksome "studies" was "Women's Studies"...what is the point of taking and paying for that class? My son grew up in a house that contained two women, he already knew it was pointless to "study" us! :0
Sleazy ads on the page, though. Ugh.
It's as bad and worse now. I think the Universities don't really care as long as enrollment expands and dollars come in. Graduates are cranked out on an assembly line.... looks good for the PR. I work at a University and young people in these 'disciplines' are incredibly thick. We have an elevator in our building that most of them do not comprehend how to use. Large lighted number and arrows mean nothing.... and they routinely ask 'what floor is this?' They show up at my desk (there are no classes in my office) and want to know where their next class is. They don't have a schedule, don't know the name of the class or the professor and don't know know where the class is held. They 'think' they have a class SOMEWHERE on this campus at 9:00 a.m. and that somehow a perfect stranger they have NEVER MET knows where the class is!!!!
Hilarious but totally sad. I have a junior at Grove City College who is getting an outstanding education and the best bang for our buck. I also have a high school junior who, unfortunately, will probably be in the UNC system.
The class which continues to irk me over the years was "Peace and War in the Nuclear Age". Instead of looking at global politics, mutual assured destruction, and Herman Kahn, the professor instead focused on "War is bad, peace is good, why can't we all get along and sing Kumbaya, mmkay". I hated it. Since I didn't really need to pass the course to earn my degree, I decided to fully and enthusiastically participate in the class as a hard-nose cold warrior. Yes, I was a pain in the butt, even back then. :-)
My solution to every international relations problem was "Over the pole, nuke 'em till they glow then shoot 'em in the dark." Even if it was a third world country causing a ruckus, I would nuke 'em. The professor would sputter "But but but...that just angers the other countries." "So what" I replies, "I have plenty of nukes left. Come get them."
The climax was a class exercise in which everybody was a mock U.N. delegate assigned to resolve a world crisis. I declared war on my neighbors, took their resources, and kept rolling on until the professor called the game. He started to fail me for not following the rules, but I pointed out the exercise illustrated the inability of peaceful countries to deal with a militaristic madman unless they were prepared to use force.
He hated me. :-)
Bottom line, I passed the course with a D.
Postscript: After I locked in my degree and accepted a job offer, I stopped by his office to let him know I would be working as a nuc engineer on missile submarines. Oh, and making more than him. My, I didn't know he knew those cuss words. (big grin)
Lesson learned: DON'T PISS OFF JONAH HEX.
Same here, more or less. I went back for a Physics degree which was fine but there was a required four semester course in humanities. The first three were great, studying up to the present day. But the last one was pure indoctrination in political correctness. I left after about three classes. I later learned the professor held Marxist study classes at his home with a bunch of other fruit loops.
In the past, Ive gotten myself in hot water for suggesting that the African American Center, LGBTQIA Center, Womens Center, and El Centro Hispano be shut down in order to ease our current state budget crisis. But, today, I propose that we go further by eliminating all academic majors and minors ending with the word studies.
This is not meant to be prejudicial although, having little else to do, the Arrogant American Centers will try to make it so. Let it be known that I propose eliminating more than just Arrogant American and Hyphenated American Studies. I also want to do away with Communication Studies, Environmental Studies, Liberal Studies, Womens Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies. And I want the cuts to be implemented across our sixteen-campus system.
The data I plan to use to support my proposal is not scientific. If it were, the proponents of the various studies programs would not understand it. So I rely principally on an unscientifically gathered collection of stupid questions I have recently heard from students in the Fill-in-the-Blank Studies era of higher education. These student comments demonstrate that their studies professors are truly making a difference in their lives and in the dominant society: *At a local grill, the waitress, a UNCW studies major, asked "Would you like a sweet tea or a beer?" to which I responded "The latter." She then asked, "Which one is that?" I responded by asking her "Well, why don't you just guess? You have a fifty-fifty shot at getting it right." She responded by saying "I'm not in the mood to think."
*Just two days before an exam I gave my students a review session. I told them they could ask any question as long as they did not ask me what to focus on. I explained that asking what to focus on was the same as asking What is going to be on the test?
First question: What should we focus on in chapter three?
When I refused to answer, the response was Theres just so much to read. Where is our study guide? (For the record, study guides are most often found in classes ending with the word studies. That is why studies students so often demand them. Its an addiction).
*Another student wrote to tell me she was going to be missing the next class. Her question was:
Will we be talking about anything important? Its a fair question. Few of the professors in her major talk about anything important.
My response: No response. I simply deleted the email.
*I walked into class the other day and told students to stop emailing me with questions that were already answered in the course syllabus noting that since it was over one month into the class it was simply embarrassing for them to have not read the syllabus. I argued that taking a class without reading the course syllabus was like taking a job without reading the employment contract.
Later in the class a studies major asked How many tests will we have this semester?
My response: Read your syllabus. (Note: She asked the same question during the next class meeting apparently having forgotten that she already asked the question).
* I recently asked this simple question of a product of one of our fine and academically rigorous studies programs: Did you re-take the GRE?
The answer: No. I haven't re-took it yet.
*Heres another brilliant question from someone who should be majoring in Inappropriate Communication Studies: We only have two minutes before class begins. Do I have enough time to go to the restroom?
My response: I dont know. I guess that depends on whether you plan to go #1 or #2.
*Student: Can we have a study guide for the next test?
Me: What is your major?
Student: Communication Studies.
Me: Is this a Communication Studies class?
Me: Well, theres your answer.
*This question came from a student who ought to be majoring in Entitlement Studies: Can I take the test earlier in the day - like around ten oclock?
My response: Yes, I plan to offer thirty different administrations of the test one for each of my students according to his or her personal needs.
Student: Are you serious?
*A new Entitlement Studies major would be fitting for the studies student who asked this question: Could you spell that guys name the one who came up with the theory you just mentioned?
My response: Sure. R-O-B-E-R-T.
Her response: Could you spell his last name, too?
My response: Sure. R-E-A-DY-O-U-RB-O-O-K.
Her response: Is his name going to be on the test?
*And, finally, heres a great question from a student who has been trained by the finest minds on the Fill-in-the-Blank Studies faculty: What is a propensity?
My response: It is a habit, predisposition, or inclination. For example, people who choose majors or minors ending with the word studies have a propensity to ask idiotic questions. But they do not have a propensity to use the dictionary. (OK, I didnt actually say that but I thought of it later and I can pretend I said it because its my column).
Of course, not all of the stupid questions I get are from students majoring or minoring in Something-or-Another Studies. But they do dominate the field of stupidity in a way that reflects poorly on their respective majors and the university. That is the reason why we need to take a Darwinian approach by getting rid of these departments and forcing these students to attempt to survive in a real academic discipline.
The university will have a better student body after the Fill-in-the-Blank Studies students have all flunked out. The patrons of the local grill will also have more dedicated waitresses. Freed from the rigors of college life the latter might eventually be moved to think. That is, if the mood should suddenly strike them.
My wife has one. She became a middle school teacher.
This happened after more than 20 years spent as a professional (technical) writer. I hope to be "fighting the good fight" with Dr. Adams in the near future. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!
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