Monday, February 13, 2006

A college campus is not reality

A user known as Bubba35 made an observation that is rooted in a skewed perception of reality:

I actually sit in College Classrooms and many of these students do NOT have the parental guidance they need! Is that there fault? So bascially your position is to demand more accountability of parents when the social service system fails to provide for them!

The biggest problem with Bubba’s argument is that he is equating the college classroom with reality. I have been to college, and I can tell you that what is said and done on a college campus is so far removed from the real world that many of our college graduates are unprepared for the real world when they arrive in it. I was lucky to have some very good professors who went out of their way to prepare their students for reality and took a personal interest in their student’s lives. These professors were in the minority, however, and were the ones most often criticized with the names campus liberals like to use for people who live in the real world like “racist, “sexist,” “homophobe,” and my personal favorite, “born-again bigot.”

When I was in college, I can tell you what a typical week was like. I went to class, I worked-part-time, and just about every weekend, word spread around campus where you could go to get drunk, whore around, and act a fool. This sort of behavior was not looked down upon, it was encouraged, right down to the administration passing out condoms to the student body.

I can say with honesty that I didn’t whore around, but I did do a number of things that I regret, and I certainly had my collegial experience in what it is like to be, in the words of Tennessee Confederate Sam Watkins, “real sloppy drunk.”

Considering that this is the sort of behavior that pervades our public college campuses, is it any wonder that Bubba sees unwed mothers in the classroom? Is it any wonder that he thinks the “social service system” has failed these young people? The social service system has not failed them…their parents, their teachers, their ministers, their so-called boyfriends, their friends, and their peers have all failed them.

We need to get back to basics as a society. We need not only parents to take responsibility for their children, but teachers and mentors who set a moral example for them.

That is what college should be, but it is not what college is today.

If your political opinions are based in the college classroom, you need to get them into the real world, and quickly. Paychecks and families tend to accomplish this in very short order.


At Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:18:00 PM, Blogger Donnygull said...

You left out Dixie Fucktard in your profile.

At Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:17:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

What a brilliant intellectual argument.

At Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:35:00 PM, Anonymous Terry said...

Great post--

Well said.

At Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:09:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Rollie Hudson says:

Hi Dave,

You are so right about college. Those who desire to take over our nation begin by weakening the family. The family is the element which holds our nation together! Keep up the good work.

Best wishes,



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