The world has officially lost its mind and the precious snowflake movement has crossed a line.
This past week students at Oberlin College requested of its administrators that any grade below a C to be abolished. This would essentially stop any student at the private liberal arts institution from having to face the foreboding potential of failure in any of their classes. This comes at the student’s request after declaring that protesting and commitment to being involved in the affairs of the outside world has lead to an inability to complete their schoolwork.
This is the next step in the ever-increasing radical tendencies of the progressive unique snowflake movement pushing for unhurt feelings, a sense of necessary entitlement and to boot, an overall misunderstanding of how the world outside of their “safe space” campus actually works and functions. What many of these students don’t understand or refuse to acknowledge is the importance of failure and the learning that comes with it. As a fellow college student I don’t claim to be more intelligent, or more informed about these affairs or current events. However I see a group of my peers unable to accept that the world sometimes just doesn’t go the way they want it to.
Michael Jordan once said, “I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
It’s become common knowledge that Michael Jordan did not make his own varsity basketball team in high school, and then went on to be the greatest player in the storied history of basketball. He amounts his successes to his failures. This lesson that comes with failure is what motivates individuals to better themselves, however it’s become widely regarded and stated by certain radical progressives that no one should have to change and every one is perfect just the way they are and blah… blah… blah…
I know I’m not owed anything, I know that life is hard, and I know that I will fail more often than I will succeed that’s just the way of the world. Life won’t always be fun and games, or as the students at Oberlin College have been doing, protesting and marching. As a generation we are being laughed at and taunted by the generation before us and generations before them for not being able to function and not be a contributing member of society. This can end with accepting the consequences of our actions and that failing isn’t the end of the world, we can learn from it and better ourselves from it.
Maybe instead of spending hours holding picket signs to gain 10 seconds of national attention on FoxNews these students should spend this time in the library. Maybe instead of blaming the teachers for discriminatory tendencies for failing them these students should work on their studies, which they’re actually paying for.
There is no blame game for failure, and it’s about time these students and many of my peers accept it.