NCFM Adviser Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D, Bourgeois Parents and “Woke” College Children at Thanksgiving
Not all parents who pay college tuition are bourgeois — indeed some are as “woke” as their children. However, for those parents who cling to their antiquated bourgeois values and beliefs, Thanksgiving dinner this year may be more of a culture shock than in years past.
For many years now parents have put up with the Political Correctness, Identity Politics and Social Justice crusades of their college age children with what many now are coming to realize is the false hope that somehow a good “credential” — without a solid education undergirding it — will help their children get ahead in life.
In the view of this retired faculty member who actually received a genuinely excellent education in my youth [which is not available anywhere today], I encourage all parents to listen carefully to their returning college age children and ask themselves: Am I really helping my children by sending them to college or university?
If parents are honest with themselves and look critically not only at their children but also what previous generations of college graduates have done to society, I believe that the answer will be no.
Further, “No” is the most critically important answer for sons given the ubiquitous antipathy towards men on campus and the extraordinarily high risks sons face for false allegations of sexual misconduct and expulsion by the gender biased campus kangaroo courts. “Wokeness” is not good for boys, men, or fathers.
Stop pouring good money after bad, pull your children from higher education, think outside the box and search for alternative ways for your children not only to survive but also to thrive.
Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Florida International University in Miami.