July 19, 2012

Breeding a new generation of stupid

I met some incredibly smart and talented young people this week at my daughter's college orientation.  On the other hand, I was shocked at the number of complete imbeciles that are taking up space in a highly competitive freshman class.

Now, I have had my say about Texas' top ten percent rule, a ridiculous law that grants automatic admission to the top ten percent of each high school's senior class.  Clearly there are schools in Texas that are graduating people who would still be in middle school in more competitive districts.  You may think I am exaggerating, but I am not.

There are, I am sure, kids who succeeded because they were propped up by parents and tutors that did most of the work for them.  These would be the same parents that ignore the 'students only' signs during key sections of the college orientation process.  The ones screaming bloody murder about the FERPA regulations that, as any common sense person could deduct, give their children - who are over eighteen years of age and legal adults, the right to restrict their grade and attendance records from their parent's prying eyes. 

Advisers tell stories about parents that have hijacked their child's university email account and used it to correspond with professors and advisers, posing as their child.  This is college, for goodness sake!

Since acceptance letters started coming out in the fall, we have been bombarded with letters and emails with checklists of the things that needed to be done to complete college admittance.  There are websites, Twitters and Facebook pages for each college department that also serve to remind students of what they should be doing at each step of the way.  I can't tell you how many people are wasting oxygen on this planet, unable to do anything on their own, without someone walking them through it step by step.

Note to the young man sitting behind us at the adviser overview - if you have to ask your mother if you took any AP or dual credit courses, you probably didn't.  And, to that boy who wasn't aware that he would have to actually register for classes on his own (assuming that the school would assign him a schedule) - you are in way over your head. 

I sincerely hope that some of these kids are poised to flourish once they are out from under the control of their stupid parents.  On the other hand, some of these kids are nothing more than an occupier of a seat that should have gone to a smart kid that wants an education not a spoiled brat that wants a college experience.


CenTexTim said...

One gentle comment: the university I'm at gets a large number of first-generation college students. Generally, neither their family nor their friends have any experience with the college life and environment. They are totally unaware of what to expect, and in most cases have to be led by the hand through the registration process. I don't know about the kids you met (and I agree 100% with the absurdity of the 10% rule), but it may be that they were simply confused and overwhelmed.

Of course, it also may be that they really are that stupid...

Harper said...

Actually, there were many people that clearly hadn't set foot on a college campus before. They seemed to be genuinely interested and supportive of the processes. It is the entitlement sort that I am most exasperated with. The ones that will be majoring in Frat Party 101 and have ignored six months worth of pre-conference instructions, and have parents that want to make clear why their precious little angel should be granted dispensation that others aren't.