In the ten days since Donald Trump was elected president, denying Hillary Clinton of what was predicted to be an inevitable landslide, stories have circulated about the reaction of students on college campuses around the nation with some being so outrageous and laughable that they were almost presumed to have been made up by conservative media to ridicule Clinton’s young millennial voters.

Reports that universities, including many elite Ivy League institutions like Yale, where some professors cancelled exams, Tufts, which provided arts and crafts therapy, and Cornell, which hosted a “Cry-In” where professors served hot cocoa and dispensed tissues for grief-stricken students seemed too ridiculous to be credible.

The University of Michigan School of Law – the alma mater of Clarence Darrow – scheduled a “Post-Election Self-Care With Food and Play” event with “stress-busting self-care activities” including coloring, blowing bubbles.

Sadly, however, it appears that it may not be that the students are demanding to be treated as children, but that it is the administrators and professors who are turning them into near-infants with Play-Doh sessions instead of lectures, puppy-petting events instead of test preparation and other indulgences designed to validate their feelings instead of helping students reason and debate, mature and grow.

Some reports alleged that students were being encouraged to take a different stand to express their anger, rather than upset over Trump’s election by attending protests and marches.

In fact, it is now known that it was not just a rumor that some students were offered extra credit to actively participate in a post-election anti-Trump rally – an email from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work proves that the idea came from the top, as students were offered extra credit to attend the encouraged its professors to offer anti-Trump rally in downtown Pittsburgh.

The students and faculty in Pitt’s School of Social Work received an email sent by the assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Mary Patricia Elhattab informing them of a scheduled “A People’s Agenda for Change: National Day of Action” on Tuesday, November 29, and faculty members were told to provide extra credit in their grade book for students who chose to attend.

The school provided free transportation to the protest.

It’s hard to imagine what parents who are writing big checks for tuition, housing, books, computer labs, and university “fees” are to think when the educational experience they believe they are providing for their child is actively undermined by the very institution accepting those checks.

It may be even harder to comprehend how Pennsylvanians feel about providing an annual financial appropriation in taxpayer funding to the state school – especially those citizens who voted for Trump or at least accept the results of a free and fair, uncontested election of the next President of the United States.


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