Random Quotations – Education – Dec. 1st, 2016

Five items in total…

“The University of Michigan’s distressed students were provided with Play-Doh and coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction. A University of Michigan professor postponed an exam after many students complained about their ‘serious stress’ over the election results. Cornell University held a campuswide ‘cry-in,’ with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate… The College Fix reported that ‘a dorm at the University of Pennsylvania … hosted a post-election ‘Breathing Space’ for students stressed out by election results that included cuddling with cats and a puppy, coloring and crafting, and snacks such as tea and chocolate’… The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out students that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available.” – Walter E. William, “Trump and college chaos” – Stupid Frogs, Nov. 24th, 2016.

“Queen’s strives to be a diverse and inclusive community free from discrimination or harassment of any kind. Any event that degrades, mocks, or marginalizes a group or groups of people is completely unacceptable” – Queen’s University principal Daniel Woolf, quoted in the Toronto Sun story “Queen’s University looking into reports of costume party where white students dressed as sheiks, guerrillas and monks”, Nov. 23rd, 2016.

“Marie Henein is entitled to her freedom of speech, and she is entitled to do her job… However, in all fairness to everyone at this university, the safety of students at this school comes first and foremost, and is more important than hosting a woman who has spent her career contesting women who are possible victims of sexual assault.” – St. Francis Xavier student Jasmine Cormier, quoted by Michelle Mandel in “Wrong to silence Ghomeshi lawyer Marie Henein for doing her job” – Toronto Sun, Nov. 2rd, 2016.

“In light of your pledge to be ‘President for all Americans,’ we urge you to condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office. In our schools, on job sites and college campuses, on public streets and in coffee shops, members of our communities, our children, our families, our neighbors, our students and our employees are facing very real threats, and are frightened.” – Quote from a letter to President-elect Trump signed by over one hundred college and university presidents – to see the full letter, and list of signatories, visit Inside Higher Ed. here.

“In shielding students from life’s slightest perceived unpleasantries, one wonders if we are not simply raising a generation of overly-protected ‘bubble children.’ If so, we need question whether students’ best interests are served… Ironically, offended students exercising their own First Amendment rights, by loudly complaining, seek to deny the same rights to those holding opposing views. The safe space concept has been abused to the point college administrators unabashedly provide ‘bubble space’ for absurd reasons.” – Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), “Raising a generation of overly-protected bubble children” – Family Security Matters, Nov. 23rd, 2016.