“Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to bring attention to the school shooting issue?”
In the week since the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, something incredible has begun to happen. High school students in Parkland and beyond are stepping up in a refusal to allow the issue of gun control fade from the public eye. Peaceful protests around the nation have begun to echo those in Florida. Included in these demonstrations are a number of school walkouts that have been scheduled over the next several weeks.
Some schools have indicated that students who disrupt class time by participating in such walkouts will face disciplinary action, potentially including suspension. Some, in hopes of discouraging participation, have warned their students that such disciplinary action may negatively affect their college admissions decisions. And so, over the past few days, we continue to get the question: will Yale look unfavorably upon discipline resulting from peaceful demonstrations?
The answer is simple: Of course not.”
Of course not? Why “of course not”? Because Yale as an institution favors the weakening or elimination of the Second Amendment? Because naturally Yale favors students who demonstrate for issues on the progressive agenda? What if the question was,
“Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to bring attention to the unethical practice of removing statues of Confederate figures?”
“Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to bring attention to the unfair denigration of police forces across the nation?”
“Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to bring attention to the lack of due process in the treatment of men accused of sexual harassment?”
“Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to protest increasing incursions on free speech and the censorship of conservative speakers at campuses such as Yale?”
Same answer? Clearly not, based on what we read later:
“For those students who come to Yale, we expect them to be versed in issues of social justice.”
Now what’s that supposed to mean? “Versed in”? Nice weasel words there, Eli. In the case of guns, it certainly doesn’t mean “well-informed on the issues,” because high school students have proved one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt in the current “Children’s Campaign”: they don’t know much about guns, and they don’t care that they don’t know much.
Does “versed in” give non Social Justice Warrior Yale admittees–if there are any—the option of declaring, for example, “I am well-versed in the case for allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country if they don’t kill or rape anyone, and being well-versed, have decided that the case is cynical, emotion-based crap”?
I doubt it.
Yale is a private institution, and can select its students based on any standards at all. It can favor Yankee fans, ball room dancers or contortionists. However, the educational and academic community might want to have a serious discussion about whether an elite school making ideological and viewpoint conformity one of its missions is healthy for the nation or society.