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College protesters = Idiots?

Per Megan McArdle

Student protests are now stupid.

So yesterday I was walking by CUNY – Hunter College, a place known for decent and relatively inexpensive education.  I guess I walked by this. Kind of strange considering the place is a lot cheaper than surrounding private institutions.

If some students aren’t allowed to study at a school just because they are black. Well, yes I can see you throwing stuff and being generally angry at the school. But bitching over the fact that state schools (frankly, most schools) are tightening their belts as a result of a recession demands what solution? The students are right, their education sucks, a simple class in economics can teach them more funding needs to come from somewhere. Joking aside though perhaps they think miserly college presidents are all sitting on hidden piles of gold in their offices? One will never know…

Berkeley is the leader of such idiocy. (My buddy and I were once excoriated by a hippie for talking on a phone and being fools of corporatism. Outside. On a humongous campus. Apparently the his clothes were all handmade and judging by the smell unwashed as well.)  Sort of like Robin Williams, that guy who always plays the guitar and the girl who dresses up to “study” at the library (she’s damn cute though eh?), it  just seems like Berkeley is trying way too hard to impress as “the protest campus”.

The mechanics now seem more important than the actual result. we do everything we can except make the real sacrifices in our own personal lives to actually bring about, you know, CHANGE.

Want to really improve your education? Go to class and study instead of protesting like a jackass. If you’re that committed to your education why don’t you use the massively subsidized source of edification called your library and do some independent research. Most of the kids I saw judging by the smiles were more concerned with making a scene and getting out of class than any sort of intellectual stimulation. We really just need Eric Cartman to do some massive cleanup work.


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  1. Dan
    March 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I disagree… somewhat.

    While the hippie and cell phone corporatism example is a pretty good example of stupid protesting, i think the education protests are different and more than just mere protests involving ways to improve education. A lot has to do with tuition costs and loans. I know of people who were told that their loan amounts will be substantially reduced this upcoming year–so much to the point where being able to afford another year of college was in jeopardy.

    I guess that’s what some of the protests are about. And I can see a use for that as a means of getting attention to the problem. Going to the library to further your education will not happen if you can’t afford to pay for your education in the first place.

  2. March 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    good point dan, I think its terrible to have access to education cut off and realize its a symptom of the economic problems we are going through right now. Just don’t see what all this riff-raff accomplishes. “Awareness” a largely overrated appeal will do little to solve this issue. Not sure how this is the fault of colleges themselves either..

  3. March 7, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Probably correct. I think protesting is pretty stupid in general. I find feminist protests to be particularly irksome. Women have it pretty good in the developed world! Go fight for a malaria vaccine!

  4. tim
    March 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    i remember when that happened – that dude was crazy. i bet he had one too many LSD tablets in his lifetime.

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