Free RepublicMike Adams
Iâ€™m getting to be a crabby old man and Iâ€™m not even fifty. But working at a liberal university for eighteen years has taught me never to accept responsibility for my actions or my disposition. Instead I blame my most recent bad mood (the one Iâ€™m in right now) on a student who just asked me a question about the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Leon, (1984). Wanting to know the holding, he asked if it meant â€œthat the police can rely upon a search warrant they donâ€™t reasonably no is invalid.â€ I almost told the student there was know way he was going to pass my course if he didnâ€™t no the difference between â€œknowâ€ and â€œno.â€ But I just new I would get in trouble if I did.
Of course, when criticizing the low quality of students in higher education itâ€™s important that we not pick on males only (that would be sexist). No discussion of the declining quality of student communication skills would be complete without talking about the role (or was that roll?) of female students. After all, they make up more than 50% of the student body on the average college campus. You are (like totally) aware of their presence when you hear a conversation like the following, which occurred last Tuesday right outside my opened office door:
â€œIâ€™m just like not real sure what I want to do when I graduate? I like thought I would like major in business but thereâ€™s a lot of like math and stuff? Plus, the classes in sociology are like easier and like way more interesting? I just seriously like need to focus on like what I want to do when I get out and stuff?â€
None of the young womanâ€™s sentences were actually questions. But the inflections at the end of each sentence (along with the general lack of confidence in anything she said) made them sound like questions. I mean, it made them like sound like questions? Iâ€™m sure that that woman has a Facebook account with a â€œlike likeâ€ button. So she can like seriously like. And stuff.
Of course, it is racist of me to have just given two examples of declining student quality using white students. Letâ€™s (like totally) fix that by recounting a conversation I heard just this morning as I was walking up the stairwell in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, which is sure to be re-named Mike Adams Hall after I retire.
â€œYou did dat. I did not do dat. Yo. Dats right. Itâ€™s yo fault. My situation? What about yo situation? I do dat. I do dat. But dats because you done did dat. Dats what Iâ€™m sayinâ€™. Datâ€™s what I be sayinâ€™.â€
I have no idea what that young Hyphenated-American student was saying to his cell phone. All I know is that I have the song â€œZip-a-dee-do-datâ€ stuck in my head. Thanks to the Diversity Office itâ€™s the new â€œSong of the Southâ€!
As much as I enjoy broaching these topics with humor the results arenâ€™t funny when these students get out into the real world to compete in a full-time job applicant pool. So there has to be a serious discussion of how this problem became so pronounced and what can be done about it.
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