The insanity we see on college campuses today won’t die down until campus administrations stop giving protestors what they want.
Campus administrators these days are like parents who will buy their child anything they want so long as they cry for long enough. Do they realize that they don’t have to put up with it? When students at Ohio State University attempted to occupy the area outside of the President’s office, he appeared to respectfully inform them that they would be arrested and expelled if they did not leave.
If for no other reason, college administrators can’t tolerate this nonsense; they must teach their students that the real world won’t tolerate it one bit. This is best illustrated by a recent story of a college intern who ventured into the real world this summer. PJ Media has the story:
One student recently wrote in to an advice columnist because the antics he’d gotten away with elsewhere suddenly didn’t work.
You see, Junior was at his internship, and he wanted the company to have a more lax dress code. Plus, they noticed one of the regular staff wearing shoes that weren’t in line with the standard dress code, and that just wasn’t right. So, this individual got together with his fellow interns and wrote up a proposal for an alternate dress code (hmm … ) accompanied with a petition (whoops!) and sent it on.
Hilarity ensued: “The next day, all of us who signed the petition were called into a meeting where we thought our proposal would be discussed. Instead, we were informed that due to our “unprofessional” behavior, we were being let go from our internships. We were told to hand in our ID badges and to gather our things and leave the property ASAP.
We were shocked. The proposal was written professionally like examples I have learned about in school, and our arguments were thought out and well-reasoned. We weren’t even given a chance to discuss it. The worst part is that just before the meeting ended, one of the managers told us that the worker who was allowed to disobey the dress code was a former soldier who lost her leg and was therefore given permission to wear whatever kind of shoes she could walk in. You can’t even tell, and if we had known about this we would have factored it into our argument.”
Oh – and would you believe that this student has never held a job before despite having just finished his Junior year?
The fact that we only know of this story because the student activist wrote to an advice columnist about it; that goes to show that he still doesn’t have any sense of self-awareness. He even goes on to ask the advice columnist what the best way to go about asking the company to reconsider his termination would be. I’m not advice columnist, but I’d advise against another petition.
We can only hope the advice columnist gave him a much needed lesson that he didn’t receive in the liberal arts college he likely attends.
The response concludes; “I don’t think you can ask them to reconsider. What’s done is done. But it would be smart to write a letter to your manager explaining that you’ve learned from the situation and that you appreciate the opportunity they gave you and are sorry that you squandered it.”
Think he’ll take that advice? For his own sake, I hope so.