As a college student at from what was assumed to be a rather conservative university I came to several conclusions. Without going into detail,
I am what one would say is not a typical college student. My age, philosophy, goals, and understanding of the problems we face, in my most humble opinion, surpass that of my peers. (Do not misunderstand me, I do not feel am not particularly bright per se and definately not well educated.)
With that said, this is more of a venting session for my own personal reasons. None of the topics, ideas, or the like should be a surprise to any members of this sight. As this is my first post, I thought it would be best just to vent a little frustration over the education of the up and coming generations of Americans. In my peer’s defense, most do not follow SCOTUS and lower court case law, politics; international affairs, national security, and other related fields as much as I do. So their ignorance to some of these topics should not be completely on their shoulders.
Although my end goal is to attend law school, which may or may not happen, currently I am studying criminal justice. Here are some of the
observations I have made into our higher educational system.
Students were asked to respond to the following question from the professor: “Should individuals who are arrested, convicted, and sentenced for criminal acts be allowed their constitutional rights while incarcerated?”
The answers that these young Americans provided were disheartening to say the least. The overwhelming majority of the students responded that indeed incarcerated individuals should have ALL, not partial or limited, constitutional rights while incarcerated. Of those students, I was the only person to argue the opposite. I argued that certain rights that should be guaranteed while incarcerated. Such rights including but by no means are
limited to, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, due process, et
cetera. Furthermore, it was explained even those rights (with the exception of religion) have limitations and restrictions imposed upon them. Even more alarming is a question that I gave the entire class. How in a secure correctional facility can incarcerated persons execute their 2nd amendment right? There were no answers. Was this because they refused to admit that once an individual commits some crime against society or and individual they have a majority of their constitutional rights removed (once convicted and incarcerated)? Or is it because these
poor kids did not have any understanding of what our inalienable rights are? I fear it is the latter of the two. The educational system is failing, by act or omission, to teach basic knowledge to our children. Basic knowledge of the constitution, bill of rights, declaration of independence, et cetera; should be mandatory courses throughout middle and high schools. That way once in University level studies nothing is a “shock” to them.
Moving along to sociology. It is a miracle I was able to get a 99% in that class with my conservative views. No. Wait. All of my arguments were based on fundamental logic. Not so much of a miracle.
The question was asked of the students (Online Discussion Forum) “Should Universal Healthcare be provided to all peoples as a fundamental right? Why or why not.”
Needless to say those reading this can assume what my answer question was. On this topic I was able to achieve small victories. Due to the long winded nature of my argument I will spare those of you the horrific time that would be lost reading my arguments. (If anyone is a
glutton for punishment I can post it, just say so in a reply to this dairy.) However, again a vast majority of students believed that healthcare is a fundamental human right by mere existence. This again I found deeply troubling. It could be argued, poorly, that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness applies to universal healthcare. That argument poised to me, based on logical fallacy, was easily defeated. (As much as the argument that the commerce clause allows congress to force citizenry to purchase any good or service is baseless. Let us hope the SCOTUS agrees with us.)
The most difficult class for me to understand my peer’s mentality was public administration. Too many students held the idea that the government not the people is the solution to society’s problems. Granted there are certain functions the government must do well for our survival of a nation. However, not to the degree and scope as most of the students perceived as proper government functioning.
This was an ever so brief synopsis of my thoughts. In closing I would like to reiterate some common ideals that we without a doubt share.
It is up to us, the people, to educate our children and grandchildren in what is to be expected of our government. We must teach then that the
freedoms cherished in this great nation are fragile and fleeting. Yet, be that is it may, if we as a people are strong in our endeavors to preserve these rights from those who see fit to tear them asunder, our freedoms will endure the test of time. To waiver from the course will only equate a
nation, like so many others throughout history, that will stagnate and decay. Not by reason of another aggressive nation. Not as the result of some cataclysm. Sadly, the blessed nation we hold so dear will no longer be the beacon of freedom by our own idle hands, complacency, and utter failures as a free people. This is the lesson our students must learn. This is the lesson our children and grandchildren must learn. This is the lesson we must never forget.
The power of the vote is unparalleled. Begin to educate those who
will listen on conservative values. We cannot count on anyone else. Let our convictions be understood throughout the nation through the ballot box.
Until next time I write God bless
the United States!