College Degrees Becoming Worthless

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by Lynn Woolley

Somebody has to say it. A degree from today’s liberal universities sometimes isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. In the past, a college degree was considered a mark of excellence – a pathway to a better future. Today, in so many cases, a degree – especially an advanced degree from a major university – simply means you’ve been indoctrinated with liberal ideology to the point where you cannot think for yourself.

Those students that buy into what their left-wing professors are selling become delicate flowers that cannot withstand the sting of a disparaging word. They often graduate with degrees in Black Studies or Advanced Feminism – also known as “junk academics.” In short, their degrees are worthless – or worse. If you run a business, ask yourself if you want one of these protesters working for you.

From the Washington Post: University of Missouri professor Melissa Click confronts a journalist in Columbia, Mo., this month. (Photo: Mark Schierbecker/AP)

From the Washington Post: University of Missouri professor Melissa Click confronts a journalist in Columbia, Mo., this month. (Photo: Mark Schierbecker/AP)

Junk academics.

It is my impression that certain fields of study at places like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, and many other large campuses are nothing more than institutional political correctness that allow social justice activists to draw huge salaries for “teaching” their progressive ideologies. Consider that there really isn’t anywhere else to make a living by preaching a leftist point-of-view.

So people like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard) and Melissa Click (University of Missouri) gravitate to university campuses where they can get tenure and a big paycheck for being political. The only other choice would be talk radio – and liberalism doesn’t work at all there as Air America discovered. Nor does it on TV as MSNBC has demonstrated by its poor numbers.

Universities are hotbeds of liberal, nutcase administrators and professors.

Perhaps out of guilt for turning away black students back in the 60’s, or maybe because so many progressives go into the field, the nation universities have moved so far left that they have become the nation’s symbol of idiocy. George Will, in perhaps his best column in years, recounted some of the flat-out nuttiness that has been exposed in the wake of the Missouri protests:

• Melissa Click’s academic credentials include a University of Massachusetts doctoral dissertation entitled “It’s ‘a good thing’: The Commodification of Femininity, Affluence, and Whiteness in the Martha Stewart Phenomenon.” Huh?

• University of Missouri law students wrote a social media policy that included this: “Do not comment despairingly [disparagingly?] on others.” Perhaps if they had a home where the buffalo roam, they would have known the difference.

• The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee declared the phrase “politically correct” a “microaggression.”

• The master of Yale’s Pierson College said his regrettable title reminds distressed students of slavery.

• Wesleyan University’s student government threatened to cut the school newspaper’s funding because it published a column critical of campus leftists.

• Wesleyan created a “safe space,” a.k.a. a house, for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf—, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism).

But they left out CD’s. (Cross dressers – as in Walking ‘Round in Women’s Underwear.)

• A Washington State University professor said she would lower the grade of any student who used the term “illegal immigrants” when referring to immigrants here illegally.

• Another Washington State professor warned in his syllabus that white students who want “to do well” in his “Introduction to Multicultural Literature” should show their “grasp of history and social relations” by “deferring to the experiences of people of color.”

• Another Washington State teacher, in “her” syllabus for “Women & Popular Culture,” warned that students risk “failure for the semester” if they use “derogatory/oppressive language” such as “referring to women/men as females or males.” It must be a great teacher. It must be.

• The University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, worried that students might be uncomfortable with gender-specific pronouns (“he,” “she,” “him,” “her”), suggests gender-neutral noises (“ze,” “hir,” “xe,” “xem,” “xyr”). (Ze have got to be kidding xe. Seriously! Xem damn professors!)

• The University of California system’s sensitivity auditors stipulated that “hostile” and “derogatory” thoughts include “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” and “America is the land of opportunity.” (What are xem thinking?)

• The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s list of racial microaggressions includes “America is a melting pot” and “There is only one race, the human race.”

• Some Johns Hopkins University students proclaimed themselves microaggressed by the possibility of a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus. (Shouldn’t that be “xemselves?” – Ze am just sayin’.)

• [This is my personal favorite because it is apparently intended to soothe the feelings of Caitlyn Jenner!] Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it is insufficiently inclusive regarding women without vaginas and men who, as the saying goes, “self-identify” as women. “Gender,” said a student, “is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions,” and the show “is inherently reductionist and exclusive.”

Caitlyn jenner: yes, folks, this IS a man. (Photo: By Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner: yes, folks, this IS a man. (Photo: By Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

Mr. Will’s list goes on – and is by no means exhaustive. This is what passes for a college education these days. No wonder many parents are wondering if it makes the least but of sense to go into deep debt with student loans to purchase a left-wing indoctrination for their children.

It only makes sense if the kids wants to tech at the university level, or perhaps become a “Director of Diversity and Inclusion” in the PC heart of one of our modern institutions of “learning.” There is no need for such an education anywhere else.

Get a degree in engineering if you can.

It’s doubtful that any student can totally avoid nutcase professors at UT/Austin or even at Texas A&M or Baylor. SMU is a “church school,” and is pretty far left as we showed in this article. But at least a degree in engineering or pre-med will lead to gainful employment in the real world.

At the University of Texas at Austin, regent Wallace Hall has been a champion of expunging corruption and cronyism from college admission – and he has been bitterly attacked by the academic and political establishments. He has, however, exposed the corrupt underbelly of UT/Austin.

America needs a similar person – a champion – to go after political correctness and restore some ideological balance to our great campuses. We need to get rid of “junk academics,” bring back free speech and toughen up those little cupcakes that have been protesting so they’ll be ready for the outside world.

For something so expensive, today’s college degrees are pretty much worthless. If parents and students are going to go into debt for an education, it should be a real education.

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