UK Government Proposes "Fantastically Dangerous" University Reforms Pandering To 'Snowflake' Demands

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With social justice warriors everywhere still sobbing across the globe after sexist, racist, bigoted, mysognist, anti-semite, satan-worshipping, Putin-puppet (did we miss one?) Donald Trump's election victory, it appears the special safe-space-seekers may be about to get a win in Britain where universities will be forced to pander to the demands of 'snowflake' students if controversial reforms placing student satisfaction at the heart of a new ranking system, are approved.

As "safe space" and "no platform" movements have swept across campuses, The Telegraph reports, the Government faces a cross-party revolt in the Lords this week over proposed reforms to higher education, which include placing student satisfaction at the heart of a new ranking system.

It is feared that this will lead to a "fantastically dangerous" culture where authorities will give in to student demands, however unreasonable they may be.

 

Baroness Wolf, a professor at King’s College London (KCL), warned:  “Universities are increasingly nervous about doing anything that will create overt dissatisfaction among students because they are being told that student satisfaction is key.

 

“It has had a real effect on the willingness of universities to stand up to student demands which in the past have been removing statues, safe spaces and no-platforming. This whole movement is a direct threat to academic standards and the ability of universities to stand up for freedom of speech.

 

She added: “The student satisfaction measure is fantastically dangerous. The way to make students happy is not asking them to do any work and giving them a high grade.

 

“This will reduce standards and undermine quality.  I just think this is totally mad, and destructive of everything universities stand for.”

The Higher Education and Research Bill, championed by Universities Minister Jo Johnson (below), will reach committee stage in the Lords on Monday, where is expected to be subject to a barrage of criticism.

 

As a gentle reminder to all those moribund Millennials, The Only Safe Space Is Your Home

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No matter where you go in life, someone will be there to offend you. Maybe it’s a joke you overheard on vacation, a spat at the office, or a difference of opinion with someone in line at the grocery store. Inevitably, someone will offend you and your values. If you cannot handle that without losing control of your emotions and reverting back to your “safe space” away from the harmful words of others, then you’re best to just stay put at home. Remember, though: if people in the outside world scare you, people on the internet will downright terrify you. It’s probably best to just accept these harsh realities of life and go out into the world prepared to confront them wherever they may be waiting.

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Zen Xenu's picture

Snowflake Degrees are useless in the real world, kiddies. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/JohnCleese/status/695784832794816512

John CleeseVerified account ‏@JohnCleese There's a rumour abroad that I dislike 'Political Correctness' This is a complete distortion of my views... I absolutely fucking abhor it
xythras's picture

The snowflakes don't know that yet. they are up in arms for the poor muslims  persecuted by the big bad white heterosexual man

Speaking of muslims, here's another good friend of them:

http://dailywesterner.com/enemies-within-hillarys-links-to-muslim-brothe...

Bumpo's picture

Let the whining Millenials find out the hard way. There are no guarantees, and nobody cares if you sink or swim. You're on your own. Good luck.

philipat's picture

Good for Cleese. As usual. I am so sick of this shit, when will they grow up and be ready to face the real world after graduation? As someone who has employed tens of thousands of graduates over the years, I'm of the opinion that if one of these snowflakes ever got to be interviewed by me (unlikely they would have got that far) the interview would have been quite short!

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Cleese quote from the 70's more relevant today than it was then: 'No-one has the right not to be offended'

Escrava Isaura's picture

There are no bigger snowflakes than the ideologues, especially religion ideologues, because they rationalize around myths, faith, and tradition that are becoming irrelevant.  

Another big-time snowflakes are the tribalists (nationalists) with their hate.

Both believers and cultivators of fairy tales that will eventually hurts and divide everyone, especially within their families.

 

Nemontel's picture

Politics is just a representation of r/K-Selection Theory. Leftoids will push their ideology of feels no matter what. The Right is more rational. But not completely. No human is absolutely rational.

http://www.truthjustice.net/politics/the-rabbit-the-libertarian-and-the-...

jeff montanye's picture

agree generally. arguing about the unseen and unseeable has always seemed pointless to me.

the comments above about muslims infiltrating the national security apparatus of the u.s. did bring a chuckle.  the minions of the nation state of israel have been there at least since they helped kill jfk and rfk in the '60's and there in force enough to control absolutely since 2001.

having seen the way to power, no doubt other factions are having a shot at it.

perhaps the nation the national security apparatus of the u.s. should concern itself with is the u.s.

new game's picture

everybody has a plan til they get punched, ak'd, bombed, trucked, or throat slit....

Big Twinkie's picture

Loving your country does not equal hate.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Sure it does.   But only if you're White.  Oh, and Christian.

heuvosYbacon's picture

Interesting point. Perhaps it is a false dichotomy to separate the tribal nationalists from the ideologues of faith, myth, tradition and religion? Many folks are many of these things at any given time, and other combinations at other times.

Ergo, we are all snowflakes, from time to time, in the modern world.

But then we've reached reductio ab snowflakium, whereupon everything melts into a shitty little puddle and christiandom is lost to the world for an age. Except in the snowy north, where Putansky the Great and the Lost Orange Tribes of Greater Israel and the Surviour States build a huge wall.....

It is an unkind and even miserable vision of the future, Isaura. 

Skateboarder's picture

Something to quell your anger...

I wrote a song about the snowflakes while I'm on vacation and recorded the intro using the laptop mic and Audacity since I'm on the go.

Skateboarder - Snowflake Intro (demo)

The verses are written... it will be a full song soon.

Black Warrior Waterdog's picture

Sounds like Elliott Smith being molested by Nick Drake.

Which open tuning did you use?

Riga's picture

http://blacklivesmatterstl.com/ Don't know how long it will stay like this.

xythras's picture

Talking about UK, unemployed snowflake is "sponsored" by the state to change gender and carry a pregnancy.

http://dailywesterner.com/unemployed-british-man-will-give-birth-thanks-...

EddieLomax's picture

The contempt the state holds for tax payers money has no bounds.

SilvaDolla's picture

Bwahahahahahahaha !!!!

hooligan2009's picture

BRING IN YOUR (BRAIN) DEAD!

orangegeek's picture

custom built for the sheeple

DetectiveStern's picture

The university's business is now to get as many bodies through the door, hense they will do things to increase the number of people through door.

It's all about the cash money.

Cruel Joke's picture

Oh you mean like "students" studying yoghurt-knitting?

"University of London students are demanding that thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Voltaire, and Immanuel Kant be banned from the philosophy syllabus... because they are white."

East Indian's picture

Yes. Customer is the king. Students are now customers of the commodified degrees, and universities are the sellers; so it is natural the customers dictate the terms of the trade. 

Going Loco's picture

Universities don't just get money from current students. They also get gifts and endowments from graduates. When the Rhodes statue row erupted the flow of funds from alumni of Oriel stopped instantly.

gatorengineer's picture

Not sure all of those Art History Majors working at Starbucks are sending alot to the school.  Just a guess.

New World Chaos's picture

Dammit, it's like requiring that the nutritional labels pander to 3 year olds.

If they were to end up as unemployable student-debt galley slaves afterwards, I would say their stupidity must be punished... But since this is Britian we are talking about, I bet university amounts to a heavily subsidized brainwashing camp.  It's only going to get worse.  The good schools won't be able to weed out the crybullies because that's discriminatory.

I see mainly useless universities ultimately trashed by their own students.   A few party schools and study schools might remain.  Most people would be wise to go into trades.

 

adonisdemilo's picture

Grow up  children.

Cry babies don't make good leaders and that's why you are in a university isn't it?

You will never affect any changes or improvements to anything if you just throw your toys out of the pram.

Life on earth encompasses many different hopes, dreams and aspirations, quite a few of which you may disagree with.

GET USED TO IT.  

SoDamnMad's picture

I go back and read the stories about the Battle of Britain, the V1 and V2 bombings, Coventry's bombardment, the battle for the North Atlantic and then I wonder how could a country with such brave and resolute men and women morph into a generation of ... woosies

waspwench's picture

This is how. Left-wing extremists, SJW's, vegetarians/vegans, propagandists with an agenda, bleeding heart liberals, et al, have been allowed to take over our schools and universities. Most of us have been too busy earning a living to notice. We weren't paying attention and now we are in a mess.

If we hope to survive we have to fix this. It is the root of all our troubles and it is going to be very difficult to turn it around.

jeff montanye's picture

i'll take another whack at it: given the horrific, really without historical precedent in the west in the prior century or two, events of the first half of the twentieth century, those parents wanted to protect their children from pain at nearly all costs.  this overlapped with a period of western economic dominance and especially working/middle class wealth also bordering on the unique, giving these children a feeling of both protection and power, both somewhat unearned by them.

then these children have children as the economic dominance passes, which, along with feminism, leads to homes of both parents working.  that, with overconfidence and a basic misunderstanding of the application of democracy to parenting, combined with in some cases sloth and drugs/alcohol, produces this wacky brew in the succeeding generation.

Overdrawn's picture

This is what happens when education is run for profit, it's not about quality of education, it's about getting more bums on seats, as a result, half of the people at University these days would be more suited to a school for retards.

unsafe-space-time's picture

"sexist, racist, bigoted, mysognist, anti-semite, satan-worshipping, Putin-puppet (did we miss one?) Donald Trump's election victory"

Trump would be more popular if he was a satanist. Satan is not "sexist, racist, bigoted, mysognist, anti-semite", he is the first feminist snowflake.


jeff montanye's picture

again with the unseen and unseeable.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

Black Warrior Waterdog's picture

Geez be merciful and delete these multi-posts...

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

Sorry - all the following is an unintended crappie dupe feast

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.

reload's picture

A ranking of employer satisfaction with graduates would be more useful for all concerned.
As would a publication tracking the progress / achievements and earnings of alumni.

That said, if this proposal is a mechanism for students to call out lazy tutors, badly structured courses and the all too common poor standards of education it would be a help. But that is not its purpose. The universities will set the terms of the questionnaire - did you feel racially included? Etc etc

How about an index of student satisfaction measured 1 year after graduation, 3 years, 5 years and so on - with the focus on post graduate outcomes in terms of career.