Yesterday, the upper administration of my (truly beloved-by-me) university, George Mason, sent an e-mail to all students to announce that the University is making “counselors” and other staff available “to provide support” for GMU students in light of Donald Trump’s election victory over Hillary Clinton. Earlier today the GMU administration shared this e-mail with the staff and faculty.
This utter nonsense of treating young adults as if they are emotional snowflakes – as if they are people who are no more emotionally mature than is, say, Donald Trump – is widespread throughout America. (My colleague Dick Wagner alerted me to the sorry fact that a Yale economics (!) professor has made a mid-term exam optional in the wake of Trump’s victory.) Yet, no matter how widespread, it embarrasses me that my beloved George Mason thinks so little of its students – and that, apparently, some GMU students think so little of themselves – that ‘counseling’ is required because of the outcome of a political election.
No one is more fearful of a President Trump than I am. I share George Will’s assessment of the man as being a “bloviating ignoramus,” and a loose, freakish cannon. But my emotional state would be made only worse were I subjected to the questioning and the platitudes of university bureaucrats in some counseling office. I truly hope that none of my students will feel the ‘need’ for such a juvenile and ridiculous exercise, and I’m quite certain that not a single GMU Econ major, graduate or undergraduate, is so disconnected from reality and so lacking in self-respect and intelligence that he or she would avail himself or herself of such a university ‘service.’
I’m eager to discuss this topic with my son, Thomas, who is a college sophomore. I’m sure that Thomas and I will share several belly laughs at the absurdity of it all.