I’m trying to say something here about the state of our universities, and I just can’t seem to get it right.
UCT: Riots, art-burning.
WITS: Riots, bus-burning.
TUKS: Riots, tear gas, police intervention, rubber bullets, students locked into lecture halls, closure of university until further notice.
I would like to take our universities and put them into a different dimension, and make people have to pass severe, individual quests to ever find the portal. One by one; no groups admitted. University is no shelter for the poor with free food and lodgings (UCT). It is not a “right” to go to uni, by default; it has to be earned by achievement: Dedication, application, study, hard work. Yes, I fully agree that it should be free (i.e. funded by taxes, to which I contribute along with many others). But it has to be earned. And food and lodgings should not be “free”. That sort-of breaks the concept. It’s about studying, folks, not about getting a full belly!
Someone created these universities. Someone created the concept, put together the curricula, made the whole thing functional so that there can be super-specialized professionals who know what they are doing. It did not fall out of the sky; it came from a centuries, nay millennia-old culture from far away. Now this is the very culture, and one of its languages, that you are attacking at the same time as demanding that “all” can get in? Demanding that you have a right to all the best knowledge of this very same culture you are attacking?
If you hate this culture so much, why do you even want to use its educational institutions? I just don’t get it!
The only thing they are achieving, as a mob, is breaking these institutions – for everyone. Wait – wasn’t that the actual agenda? #SAmustfall?
Americans – imagine this happening to Stanford!