Skip to comments.Questions from a Concerned Parent
Posted on 06/26/2014 8:00:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
A parent wrote to me last week asking for my honest assessment of my university. His reason for writing is that his son is enrolling at UNC-Wilmington in the fall. He directly asked whether I would send my own son to the university where I teach. He also asked some other pointed questions. I thought my answers would make an informative column for parents who are about to send their Christian children to secular universities like UNCW. So here goes. His unedited questions and my responses follow:
1. On a scale of 1 to 100 (1 = Hillsdale College and 100 = UNC Chapel Hill), how liberal would you say UNCW is? Why?
I would say 90. I know of several genuinely conservative professors here at UNCW. That is probably several more than at Chapel Hill. Regardless, most UNCW social science and humanities departments lack even one single conservative voice. So I would give UNCW an F on intellectual diversity as opposed to the F-minus I would give to UNC-Chapel Hill.
2. How supportive/antagonistic are the faculty at UNCW toward Christianity/Christians?
The support is almost entirely lacking and the antagonism is pervasive. There is, however, variation from one department to the next. Christian students just need to be careful in their selection of general studies requirements as well as general electives. Be very careful when taking courses in philosophy. Try to avoid English, Sociology, and Education altogether. If your son has any questions, send him to my office. I'll make sure he avoids the more outspoken anti-Christian professors.
3. How receptive/antagonistic are the students at UNCW of Christianity/Christians, i.e. are they open to discussing and considering it when engaged by a fellow student?
There is a small but growing Gaystapo on our campus. There are also some very militant feminist students. Two ways to avoid trouble are 1) to live off campus with like-minded roommates (the Resident Assistants, who are themselves students, sometimes facilitate censorship of religious opinions) and 2) avoid taking classes ending with the word "studies." These two measures alone will help avoid many of the more militant students.
4. If you had a son, would you encourage him to attend UNCW (of course, assuming it met his major, personal, etc . . . requirements)?
I would not. Given the current leadership in the Dean of Students Office, I would probably avoid the university altogether. If the university manages to replace the Dean of Students (and most of the administrators in the Division of Student Affairs) in the near future I will reassess my position. Under the current regime, however, I would not send my son to UNCW to join a fraternity (or any other student group) and risk being subjecting to the sort of arbitrary decision-making that characterizes the current campus judicial process. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is among the most arbitrary, capricious, and unjust systems in the entire nation. We have already gone to the North Carolina legislature twice to remedy abuses of student rights that originated here at UNCW. Thankfully, the Republican majority has put an end to civil rights abuses previously neglected when the Democrats were in control in Raleigh.
5. Which Christian group(s) on campus would you encourage your son to join and why?
Cru. These guys have become hopelessly politically correct. I would join Cru and pressure them to start doing something meaningful on campus. For the most part, they chalk sidewalks and have pizza parties. I would suggest going to Cru meetings and passing out pictures of aborted babies an asking them when they are going to join a real crusade against a real injustice. Crusading for pizza gets old, especially while so many babies are being conceived and aborted within the so-called Christian student community.
6. Which secular group(s) on campus would you encourage your son to join and why?
Join the atheist club and ask really difficult questions.
7. What careers do Criminology students from UNCW normally pursue? How is the job market for these types of jobs?
They often pursue careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement. There are also opportunities to work as probation officers, which is not a bad job if you land a federal position. The market is decent and relatively stable in this general area of employment. Hence, I think Criminology is a much better major than Sociology, although the two are closely related.
8. On a scale of 1 to 100 (1 = Free Market/Capitalism and 100 = Socialistic/Communistic), how would you describe the Cameron School of Business world/business view? Why?
The Cameron School of Business is very free market oriented. In fact, it is the best school on campus. For example, our Economics and Finance Department is loaded with conservatives of a very high caliber. If I had a son who insisted on going to UNCW, I would only consent if he agreed to major in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management or some other major in the Cameron School.
9. Do you have any students you mentor at UNCW (outside of your professional Criminology role)? If yes, (if you are comfortable sharing this) what does this look like on a weekly basis?
A couple. Some are dissatisfied with their current advisors and come to me for additional life advice. We meet occasionally but not on any formal time schedule.
10. What are some good churches in the area that you would recommend as a local church for students?
I attend Port City Community Church. Their college ministry, which is called Overflow, is excellent. I wish the sermons in the regular service would focus more on Scripture and less on pop psychology and self-improvement. But, then again, no church is perfect. In fact, if I found a perfect church and joined it then it wouldn't be perfect anymore.
In closing, I just want to reassure you that a Christian student can survive - even in a school as messed up as UNCW - as long as he does at least two things to make the road easier. First, he has to avoid taking classes within the overtly anti-Christian majors like Sociology and English. Second, he has to keep attending church. Most importantly, make sure he takes a trip to a well-grounded Christian worldview camp after his freshman year (see www.Summit.org). After all, ideas do have consequences. And refining one's worldview is a lifelong adventure.
Good advice from Mike Adams for any student attending any university/college.
Check it out very thoroughly first.
My kids went to big name secular universities and came out faith intact.
They all majored in something that was in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, which tend to be more conservative and not front loaded with gaystapo.
They were careful about what electives they took for their English, History, etc, requirements. They were also active in Christian campus ministries and attended church regularly.
There is some degree of control that a even student living on campus can exert over what they are exposed to. There will be stuff they encounter that can’t be helped, but over all, they can avoid the worst of it. Mine did. They picked their activities and friends wisely.
They knew who they were, what they believed, and why they believed it before they went to college. That is tremendous insulation against the attacks of the enemy.
“a small but growing Gaystapo on our campus. There are also some very militant feminist students”
This kind of crap intrigues me in a sick kind of way. Everyone can picture the lemmings being described here. The feminists are fat, usually have glasses, short hair with dyed streaks, wear clothes as hideous as possible, etc. The homos are skinny dweebs with noodle bracelets and buckteeth.
What do the parents of these kids think when they come home or as they leave for college? Do they see the losers they’ve created, the pathetic misfits who people may fear due to political correctness, but everyone really wants to give them a beatdown?
Honestly, liberal parents and too many conservative parents bring such excrement into the world. They might as well have gotten their sons and daughters from their rectums. Would probably smell better.
Alas, our society is now a playground for the lowest (ugliest) common denominators. However it is funny when every once in a while, they get exposed. Like that obese lefty b^tch from Wyoming who sent a ‘hatef&ck’ threat to herself and pretended it was from a conservative. Was expelled I think. Hahahha. justice!
What your student really needs is an identity and a commitment that is greater than the weak, meaningless humanistic drivel disguised as intellectual vigor on our campuses. That identity lies in the Scriptures, the people and the Land of Israel. The nations are returning to Torah, the covenant and the commandments that bring life to whoever takes hold of them. “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than my elders because I keep your commandments.” - David, King of Israel, Psalm 119
This was our family’s experience as well.
I liked nothing better to ask the hard questions of Commie professors in liberal courses. In some cases, the points made by a conservative student in these classes will be the only exposure to conservative thinking the others will have in their college experience.
You’ve got the right idea. Hold these fools up to public scrutiny and demand integrity in their arguments. Let the world see how flimsy their “logic” is.
“They knew who they were, what they believed, and why they believed it before they went to college. That is tremendous insulation against the attacks of the enemy.”
I refer to this as “being armored up”. Put on that Full Armor of God.
So would you prefer these parents abort their children? No one is perfect and many parents try to instill values in their children but they grow up and go their own way. I'm sure it is heartbreaking for a parent but your description was just disgusting.
I took the question to mean extracurricular groups, while Adams' advice was to avoid English or sociology as courses of study. Hanging out with the atheists at a weekly club meeting, and essentially living in a toxic intellectual environment for four years, are different things.
Ironicaly, from my perspective, I have an English degree. I enjoyed my schooling immensely. I would do it again. Except that I wouldn't: 20 years ago my profs valued open discussion and diversity of opinion, but it appears that the intellectual climate on campus has chilled considerably since the mid-1990s.
Yes, blame the kids because their parents are failures. This generation of youth will fail spectacularly because their parents failed where parents in previous generations succeeded. They have not passed on values, in most cases they pass on parasitism. And your abortion shoutout is pure straw man
My kids aren’t failures - perhaps your opinion is colored by those around you.
Good for you. I specifically singled out the kids I was talking about. Read.
I also have an English degree and went to college about the same time. My hardest-core Commie professor was fair enough that, if you could strongly support your point of view, she would give a good grade even if she disagreed with your premise/conclusion. Today she teaches Queer Studies and dresses as a man. I don’t know if she is still as fair as 20 years ago.
Was clearly referring to Communist rat kids particularly of the feministand gaystapo variety. Read
Apparently you didn’t clarify that. Proofread
My oldest is headed to college this fall, and I think he’ll be happy there. It’s a secular college. But, fortunately, he has a sense of humor... and a way of laughing at things that make no sense. He’s prepared and knows what to expect there. And his major is a STEM major. So I’m hoping he won’t be influenced the wrong way too much.
I did tell him to seek out the Christian groups, even though he’s not officially Christian. He agrees with Christians more than he disagrees. I hope he’ll take my advice, but the fact is, once he’s there, he’s on his own.
The Christian campus ministries can at least provide him with activities that don’t involve drinking, drugs, and sex.
Exactly. :-) Plus, he’s ardently pro-life, and all of his friends now are Christians.
Or you could have them attend/view training sessions from the Leadership Institute and have them change the campus culture. Conservatives shouldn’t be in the minority or hermits.
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