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It would seem that the “bubble-wrap” generation is at it again, not content with “free speech zones”, those designated chalk lined spaces where students are free to express themselves, provided they stay within those boundaries, and in some cases a time limit as to when a student is allowed to speak, and on what days your allowed to express yourself, and what these students at Oberlin College are now demanding.

And what they’re demanding is that the school put academics on the back burner so they can better turn their attention to activism.

More than 1,300 students at the Midwestern liberal arts college have now signed a petition asking that the college get rid of any grade below a C for the semester, and some students are requesting alternatives to the standard written midterm examination, such as a conversation with a professor in lieu of an essay.

The students say that between their activism work and their heavy course load, finding success within the usual grading parameters is increasingly difficult. "A lot of us worked alongside community members in Cleveland who were protesting," Megan Bautista, a co-liaison in Oberlin's student government, said, referring to the protests surrounding the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a police officer in 2014. "But we needed to organize on campus as well; it wasn't sustainable to keep driving 40 minutes away. A lot of us started suffering academically."

Ironically these same progressive institutions and students that limit and restrict “free speech” with ridicules designated physical boundaries and limited times and days of the week for students with opposing views to speak, now seem in favor of using that same university as a “staging area” for progressive students to engage openly in protests.

Liberal student Zakiya Acey told The New Yorker, "You know, we're paying for a service. We're paying for our attendance here. We need to be able to get what we need in a way that we can actually consume it, because I'm dealing with having been arrested on campus, or having to deal with the things that my family are going through because of larger systems — having to deal with all of that, I can't produce the work that they want me to do. But I understand the material, and I can give it to you in different ways."

Do you think these college kids need to be completely shut down?

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Source: The Week



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