Thursday, April 19, 2007

College: The School of Hard Knocks

The more I am exposed to college professors, the more I wonder how I will be able to justify spending outrageous sums of money to send my children to be indoctrinated by them. A few months back I heard about a 60-year old college professor who got his 18-year old student pregnant, a few weeks ago that LSU coach resigned after suspicion that she was having “inappropriate relationship” with a student. Sending your kids off to college these days is as scary as signing your 12-year old son up to be an alter boy at a Catholic church. Let alone what these whacko professors are teaching. Jermaine literally had a class in college where the teacher made them all watch a porn flick. Can you imagine that? If you read the literature that is produced by professors, you’ll see…it’s truly frightening. A few months ago a friend forwarded me an article from the NY Times, written by some professor who suggested that the institution of marriage is unhealthy – something about it limiting your social circles. The article referenced how back in the Victorian days, women would snuggle with each other. Now if there is one thing that men are good for, it’s snuggling. Men are like heat conductors; even on the coldest of nights I have to sometimes remove Jermaine’s draped arm from my body because it makes me hot. So if you want to argue against marriage, pick a different angle (how about toilet seat lids), snuggling is definitely a benefit to marriage. I’m off topic, aren’t I?

Anyway, I just read this other article that got me all fired up about college profs. I really can’t stand to listen to people rant about feminism and racism, I just want to tell them to shut up.
I honestly don’t know how I’ll ever send my kids away to school when the time comes. I have to get a job as a college professor so I can balance all that crap students are fed. Come to think of it, it was during my 2nd year of college when I denounced Catholicism (was that a bad thing?). I remember being very proud of my decision and very clearly and deliberately expressing my new found “atheism” to my each of my parents. Ironically it was the same year I had taken a philosophy class, taught by a theologian.

Now we've got crazy college students shooting their classmates on campus and brilliant university leaders who decide that a double murder isn't worthy of cancelling classes (which most recently allowed said crazy college student to re-load his guns, take some crazy video footage of himself, mail said footage to the news, and plan his next attack on 30 more innocent classmates). What next?

Jesus come quickly!

21 comments:

KC5 said...

I have seen some pretty bad things about the people who run the churches.....would you leave your children with them? (hold on I need more coal)

~Seth & Nancy~ said...

i was listening to joe yesterday and he mentioned something about the church being filled with sinners...also, just because you're in the church (local congregation) doesn't necessarily mean you're part of the Church (universal bride of Christ)...sorry, just had to get that out there!
as for colleges...i found Christian college to be very beneficial. it certainly has it's share of faults, but not to the same extent as secular institutions...and now i'll get off my soapbox!
ps-AMEN to your last comment, erin!

KC5 said...

I was operating under the assumption that Priests were part of the church.

Kristy & John said...

I honestly think that unless you confine your child by a prison that you personally run, there is no way to keep them 100% safe. I actually went to IUP for 1 year and the only danger I faced was partying too much, which in turn had a negative impact on my grades. As far as the professors, I've had my share of cooks and I actually find it quite inetresting to see their crazy ideas & thoughts but, as long as you keep your own values in place, I don't see any harm done.

KC5 - For the priests, It all comes down to hormones - take one's(natural human)right to have sex away, and they start justifying it with pedophilia, like somehow that is okay - you never see pastors (who are allowed to be married & have kids) being accused of that because they are allowed to live a natural life. I agree with you.

Kristy & John said...

BTW, I think you were so fired up that the link for the article that got you that way doesn't work...You actually have to take out the extra "http://" after you click on it.

Just an FYI - crazy article though!

KC5 said...

K&J-for the most part I agree with you. Although "Pastors" may commit far fewer sex crimes (I stress far fewer). They are not exempt. I googled it and found many examples of Pastors committing sex crimes. But that is not really my point. You basically made my point (I mentioned the church only because I knew it would strike a nerve with my sister (in a fun way). To add to your point about raising our children in a bubble...you never can tell when a your child will be exposed to something you don't agree with as a parent. They can be in school, at a sporting event, (or as they grow older) at a job or even college. As a parent we have to do the best we can to minimize these outside influences by constantly engaging our children in open discussion.

Florida/MaineMom said...

If we had locked you up in a bubble, where would you be today, Erin! Look at all of the life experiences you have had. That is what makes you who you are today.

You can only pray that your children take the right path. You can't make them!!!!!

Kristy & John said...

I do apologize if anything I said on this blog offends anyone (I was commenting at 4 am with a lack of sleep!)

MaineMomKC5 said...

Who farted?

KC5 said...

Ted Nugent save us

T5M said...

Big smiles - you all are nuts! I love it!!

Bottom line: I wouldn't send my child to catholic school because I do not subscribe to the catholic doctrine and I wouldn't want them to be indoctrinated by catholic teachings. I also wouldn't send my child to a christian school where I didn't agree with their religious doctrine. Just like you wouldn't send Will to PCA, not because you think he's less safe there, but because you don't believe in what the school teaches about Jesus.

All I'm saying is that colleges are steeped with liberals who teach (and act) based on their post-modern world view (which is vastly different than mine). I don't know how I'm going to justify paying $25,000 per year for my kids to hear all that crap.

Sin is everywhere - Christians aren't exempt from bad; we just know when we are because there is a line in the sand.

...for clarity in future blog discussions, please don't associate priests with my brand of christianity (though pastors are just people too).

KC5 said...

Who associated Priests with your brand of religion? Priests are part of THE church right? Maybe not your church but A church never the less. My point was there are bad people on every corner. And yes some of them are CHRISTIANS. I am not sure I get what you are saying when you said Christians know when they're bad due to some line in the sand??? Does a Christian knowing they are bad make it in some way better then when I know I am bad?

Kristy & John said...

I just have one question for all of the practicing Christians. Why is it that if a Catholic is Christian they are allowed to follow all of these rules and stuff and other so called "Christians" don't agree with it? Maybe I don't know the exact definition of a Christian, but can I call myself a Christian and then just make up my own "Christian" religion and follow my "own rules". I had always wondered about this, the "Catholic vs. Christian" thing. Puzzling...

~Seth & Nancy~ said...

funny erin...i was just talking to someone the other day about the cost of college education...i think $25K by the time avery goes to college is probably wishful thinking :-D

~Seth & Nancy~ said...

Seth's first blog comment....
To address a couple of questions asked:

The Church:
While there are many churches that have nothing to do with Christ (i.e. the Satanic "Church"), I believe when you refer to "the” Church you intend to address Christ's church in a universal sense. Assuming I am understanding you correctly, the Church refers to the total assembly of those that have been born again* over the last 2000 years. In this sense the Church (literally translated "the called ones") has nothing to do with a building or any particular denomination. With reference to Catholic Priests, they also are only members of Christ's Church if they have been born again... I would ask them to consider the scripture below.

See Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

To paraphrase, if a person is trusting in their own works to gain favor with God or earn entrance to heaven, they are not truly born again and not a member of Christ’s church. Tragically, based on my understanding of Catholic doctrine, I believe most priests are not born again.

*Use this link for Christ’s explanation in of what it means to be born again.

Christian vs. Catholic:
Interestingly the term Christian is only used three times in the Bible, and it was originally used as a derogatory term by critics of those that were followers of Christ. To answer your question, a person can call themselves whatever they like. I can call myself Thomas Jefferson or Mr. Peanut if I wish; of course calling myself someone or something doesn’t change reality. A person is not born again, in other words not a Christian, unless they belong to Him- meaning that they have accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord eternally. Being a Christian is really about who you know, not about what you do.

See John 16:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

T5M said...

Hey Seth!
Can I call you Mr. Peanut? It's a great nickname for you....sort of goes with your nutty nature. Love it!

You're the king of nicknames - I was just talking to Kristy last week and she referred to Gary as "Gare Bear"...I know I've had my fair share of Seth-nicknames (some I have not loved). ...remember when you tried calling my "stinky" to make me think that I had a bad aroma - all in a plot to make me self-conscious?

Great articulation in your above post! Thanks for joining in on the blog fun. I've yet to get enough of a rise out of Jermaine to get him to post, but I have not lost faith (as he reads it daily).

Now that you're in, I will tell you my number one rule is "no political correctness" on this blog, if I see it, I will delete the comment immediately.

...great to hear your voice again!

T5M said...

Shaun - how do you know when you're bad?

KC5 said...

My self controlled conscious tells me.

KC5 said...

Or I get pulled over by the cops :-)

barbarakuhn said...

Does everyone have to go to college? Just wondering. Imagine I raised two kids without a college degree and I think they turned out pretty well or is that good?

MaineMomKC5 said...

Shaun knows when he's bad when I pull out the paddle.

BAD DADDY, BAD!!