College is the final chapter of a person’s educational career. It is the socially-constructed, pinnacle of development before a person embarks on a career in the real world. Students willingly commit four more years of their lives, as it is the truest path to success and personal growth. Or so we’re told.
I am happy I chose to attend a university. I have learned a lot in my classes, have made lasting relationships, and matured exponentially.. However, without outside influences, this growth would have never happened from the university alone. My parents taught me things like hard work, compassion, character, and strength. Thought leaders, like Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro, have aided my personal development and knowledge of the world. Books by Sowell, Krauthammer, Gordon, and others have equipped me with the facts and truths necessary to affirm my beliefs. And my relationship with Jesus has taught me the priceless value of unconditional love.
The University systems attempt to develop “whole persons,” making students more well-rounded. However, I fear that their attempts can have crippling and misguided effects on students.
Progressivism in universities, while seemingly productive, has tarnished values and traits that have historically made members of civilization their most survival-ready and skillful selves. Here are a few examples:
- I don’t take anxiety and depression lightly. Severe chemical imbalances can occur in the brain, which can be very detrimental to a person, and people need each other to recover from trauma. However, in a time where mental health is at the forefront of the media and educational systems, depression and suicide rates are skyrocketing. This is because people are forgetting that being sad and anxious are key survival mechanisms. When a person feels anxious about a big test, it is typically because they should be anxious. Anxiety is what gets you to the library and study, which ultimately reduces your anxiety because you’re more prepared, in return. Feelings of sadness and anxiety are magnified when people are always conscious of them and have the university-induced perception that they are always severely-negative emotions. The amount of self-diagnosing I see from students, especially from those who use it to bolster their identity and play the victim card, is dangerous and is a very slippery slope. Also, the ways people are told to cope with their sadness and anxiety have become increasingly secularized and I would contend that the absence of God and prayer in the lives of college students, can also increase depression/anxiety levels.
- Liberalism and Liberalism ONLY. This is a conservative publication, however, we are open to hearing the opinions on the left because group think is astoundingly unproductive. Professors at universities would disagree. We all know the statistic that 90% are liberal, and this is only an issue because they bring their bias to the classrooms. To be more specific, socialism and wealth distribution are being heavily promoted. Free-market capitalism is taking a backseat to it, and it only takes a certain amount of common sense, historical knowledge, and basic economics to know that non-regulatory policies have led to the greatest economic force of all time: The United States of America. Yet, we now have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an economics graduate of Boston University, sitting in the House of Representatives. Talk about a direct effect of the toxic liberalization of universities.
- Katy Tur at NBC said recently, to paraphrase, “My life is pointless because we’re doing nothing about climate change.” To reference Ocasio-Cortez once more (Which I apologize for), she compared climate change to the Civil Rights Movement and said it would “end racism.” Dare I even point out the craziness? Reasonable conservative thinkers are waiting for sufficient evidence and a permanent solution to the problem, which scientists have yet to come up with, while naive progressives are dedicating their careers to fighting it. The bitter science professors at universities are cramming these ideas down the throats of students as they ridicule Trump and lose sleep over him pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, which disproportionately would’ve affected the US economy. However, students eat it up and immediately think they’re the “enlightened” young generation, which also fosters resentment towards those who disagree.
These are only a few things, as I failed to mention the irrational anger students feel towards the “patriarchal tyranny” they live in. Also, lack of historical awareness has caused students to forget that they live more comfortably, conveniently, and longer than any other generation (By a long shot). The Leftists only use history to cite evidence of women being oppressed and the destructive effects of having males run civilization. When in reality, millions of male lives have been lost courageously, to achieve the most progressive civilization yet. Finally, traditional values and religion have been thrown out the window at universities, even though they are essential for personal development and growth. Science is extraordinarily beneficial to society, however, it is not the answer to everything and is certainly not a replacement for God, as the secular professors often suggest.
While this is a full piece, it is a topic that I have only touched on, because it is only a taste of the crippling effects of the concepts propagated at universities. However, with the rise of The University Conservative, Turning Point USA, Campus Reform, and more, universities will never be able to rid themselves of conservatism entirely and there is much hope for future generations.