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Most of us remember the time we were so upset that we were unable to do our job at work – possibly so upset hat we couldn’t even go to work at all.

Not the death of a family member – or even a beloved dog.

Not the news of a serious diagnosis for a friend.

Not a robbery in the neighborhood, a sibling’s divorce, a nephew’s run-in with the law or a niece’s bad decision about a boyfriend.

Not even our team’s loss in the Super Bowl.

Just the type of upset that goes along with something not quite turning out the way you expected.

And remember how kind and understanding your boss was – offering you some time off to deal with your upset?

No?

Well, apparently a professor at Colorado State University wasn’t any more sympathetic when a student tried that excuse to explain his inability to complete a regularly scheduled online posting assignment.

Turns out… the results of no less than a free and fair, uncontested election got the student down, making it impossible for him to meet the deadline for class.

The election of Donald Trump, who the student termed, “the most evil hateful person to ever run for president” in a message for his professor, was “very” upsetting and would require, “time to process it all and get centered.”

The student didn’t define what that process would entail – possibly requiring the university to provide puppies for petting, Play-Doh and hot cocoa or aromatherapy – or the length of time the “centering” might take, but presumably it would take up so much of the student’s time that the assignment would just have to wait.

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Unfortunately, the professor wasn’t particularly interested in the student’s upset, replying with a quote from school policy, “In accordance with the grading rubric, late posts will not be awarded full points,” and adding, “In other words: Suck it up, buttercup.”

The insensitive and unsympathetic educator is sharply critical of college administrators and professors who are rushing to shield students – all of whom are old enough to marry, enlist, sign a contract to buy a car or purchase a house, donate blood and their organs – from the unpleasant experience of disappointment with the results of last week’s election.

“Students need to realize that we live in a republic – that means that the person you voted for doesn’t always win, but you have to just deal with it. Throwing a tantrum or becoming a basket case when life doesn’t go your way is not how adults behave,” she said.

She also takes the long view, worrying how students like these will far in the “real world”  full of “difficult bosses, challenging projects and personal setbacks.”

“We are raising a generation of crybabies who can’t handle life and if they don’t get it together I’m very worried for the future of this country.”

She’s right – professors and administrators who don’t give their students the tools to meet the demands of adult life aren’t readying them for life after graduation.

 

 

 

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