The multi-talented storyteller and pillar of common sense, Mike Rowe says something that desperately needs to be said.
But then, he has a talent for that, too.
His foundation, mikeroweWORKS, provides scholarships for those looking to enter the skilled trades. Rowe has made it clear that he thinks it’s crazy that so many people go off to college to pursue an academic degree, get themselves in piles of debt, and then, can’t even get a job. Meanwhile, there are jobs aplenty if you are in the skilled trades, and those jobs go unfilled. Rowe has testified before Congress about the skills gap multiple times.
Rowe has also gone on record talking about the state of higher education these days, especially about the ‘safe space’ culture. Recently, on Fox and Friends, they asked him about the new initiative by Florida State University to make an anti-stress course mandatory — unless it is too ‘stressful’ for the students. The program, called The Student Resilience Project, is designed to give FSU students coping skills in order to achieve academic success, and to ‘increase students’ sense of belonging and connectedness, safety and well-being.‘
As important as mental health issues are, Rowe says that we’re now categorizing everyday situations as ‘traumatic.’
Rowe was just thrilled about that.
We all know that the college ‘safe spaces’ are doing more of a disservice to the wussified little tinkerpots that find something offensive in the most innocuous of statements.
But Mike Rowe isn’t going off on the snowflakes this time… he’s blaming the generation above them that created the environment in which they now thrive. He says, ‘we are the clouds from which the snowflakes fell.‘
From the video:
It’s getting weird, guys. I don’t know what to say that I haven’t already said about the safe space mentality. And the unintended consequences of ignoring sensible priorities that we should be focused on. All I can say at this point is they’re an easy target. Whether you call them millennials or snowflakes, we built the safe space. We’re rolling out the anti-stress programs. We’re the ones who are indulging talk of trauma for everyday situations. I think we’re the clouds from which the snowflakes fell. And at some point, we have to look at each other and say, ‘What have we done here?’ Seriously.
Rowe certainly makes an excellent point. The only reason that we have whiny, entitled snowflakes is that we’ve allowed them to be the whiny, entitled snowflakes. If parents did not indulge every whim of their kids, required a little responsibility, and taught them the value of hard work, this attitude wouldn’t be so pervasive in our culture.
It’s time to take a good, hard look in the mirror, and realize that the snowflakes didn’t cause the mess, it’s the clouds that did.
by Doug Giles
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