Mid-Morning Open Thread | Main | Politico: In Order to Seal Iran Deal, Obama Administration Shut Down Efforts to Sto Hezballah Drug Trafficking
December 18, 2017

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

punk-monkey.jpg

"Throwing poo" is a metaphor for reasoned debate. There should be more poo throwing and less actual violence. But you people in the academy are too stupid to understand that the less real debate, the more real violence.

Prof: Trigger warnings 'serious threats' to teaching English

Ya think?

“Trigger warnings are posing serious threats to the ways that English educators can teach at the university level,” argues Wolfsdorf, who taught English for 18 years at the high school level, and is now in his fifth year of teaching at the Columbia University Teachers College.

In a list of six possible consequences of trigger warnings, he argues that they “foster a culture where student fragility is promoted over the development of resilience,” and can “encourage students to avoid intense literary moments that they may perceive as too powerful.”


His conclusion is partially correct, that "trigger warnings" are counter-productive. But he misses the larger point, that they are designed specifically to reject non-approved ideas and concepts, and that the fragility of the typical foolish, ignorant student is the desired goal. If everyone runs screaming and crying from the room (or throws rocks and smashes heads with bike locks) whenever the orthodoxy is challenged with contentious (read: conservative) ideas, then the barbarians have won.
“At the end of the day, we are trying to arm our students for reality—to build their resilience,” he concludes. “Being over-protective, even if well-intended, does more damage than good.”

And this is why Wolfsdorf will back down from his stance. He thinks that this is well-intentioned, and not a callous and manipulative ploy to destroy heterodox learning in America.


******

BuzzFeed editor locks down her account after Christmas wish goes wrong

commie scrunt.png

In her defense, she is undoubtedly so poorly educated by the very people she wishes were running things that she has no idea what communism really is...just a prettified dictatorship with a well-designed ad campaign consisting of platitudes shaped to attract ignorant idealists such as herself.

Although, when I really think about it, I am being unfair to most dictatorships throughout history. How many made communism's concerted effort to kill so many of its own adherents and subjects?

******


&topic=world_news">digg this
posted by CBD at 11:35 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter: " That's what "president" hillary clingon was ex ..."

JTB: "MH, Thanks for the gun thread. It's always fun and ..."

yankeefifth: "I have a pair of Trangias and fuel, plus a kerosen ..."

blaster: "They make a doodad that hooks into your meter that ..."

Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter: " you know what's hilarious? The Left wants t ..."

rhomboid: "Yeti coolers end their relationship with NRA. ..."

hogmartin: "[i]get a jetboil or an msr stove, they can go anyw ..."

Mike Hammer, etc., etc.: "Just run the generator in your bedroom and keep th ..."

rhomboid: "j, and don't forget Orange Cty (and now San Diego ..."

PaleRider, simply irredeemable : "Secrets safe with me gumdrop. I didn't go meatles ..."

IllTemperedCur: " One thing that kind of struck me about the Rolli ..."

j: "@337 Joe the Plumber. The bank execs - when only B ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64