Many college students do not like anything that has to do with studying or having to perform academically. That is certainly the impression one gets from poking around student newspapers in today’s academia, anyway.
Today, we will examine an example of the laziness-is-king style of modern studentship. It nicely sums up the pro-slothfulness mindset among many undergraduates these days.
The piece in question is from Boston College’s student newspaper, The Heights and is dated March 21, 2022. The title suggests that expending energy on academics is not tip-top on the writer’s life agenda, Boston College Should Limit Assignments Due After Breaks.
I was intrigued by the title of the piece. After all, after one has had a break one generally gets to back to, you know, work.
Ah, but such archaic attitudes do not align with how this student writer thinks the world should work. We read:
Boston College—as an institution grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition—should better protect its students’ well-being by enforcing a policy limiting assignments due directly after breaks.
Hmm. That is an interesting take on the Jesuits, a group renowned for its emphasis on work and education.
The student goes on to say that college is not merely about education, but things not directly related to it:
Students at BC are more than just students. They are also athletes, club presidents, student leaders, and most importantly—people.
Well, we wouldn’t want anything like education to interfere with any of that.
The student definitely does not want college professors to do anything as inconsiderate or vulgar as expecting a modicum of application from their pupils:
The University should implement a policy to ensure that breaks are not immediately followed by exams or large assignments. This policy could require departments and professors to not assign major papers, exams, or projects that are worth more than 10 percent of the class grade in the first three days after a major break.
What was the college thinking of in allowing faculty and disciplines autonomy? That must stop, stop, stop.
How could a college be so cruel—life for everyone is stressful. Does it not realize that:
Students need rest throughout the semester for the sake of their mental health.
Maybe colleges should just mail everyone in America diplomas without any attendance or proof of any educational achievement given that having to work for educational credentials is just too stressful. The obligation to show wreaks havoc on naptimes.
This student clearly does not like the way students for decades have gone about learning things:
Students are often hit with exams in the weeks leading up to Spring Break, and then are expected to return to more exams and assignments in the immediate days following break. This means that instead of taking time to reset and recharge, students must continue working and focusing on academics.
Whoever heard of an institution of higher education focusing on academics? Shocking!
The student, again, is not at all in favor of teachers teaching or the way that colleges tend to be organized:
Whether or not a student gets to enjoy their break should not be left up to the whim of a professor or academic departments.
One does wonder sometimes why some people go to college. The writer of this opinion piece expresses bafflement at the idea that studying and exam taking are involved in his or her schooling:
midterms can last from February through mid-March.
Um, that is kind of the way things work. Would the writer prefer that midterms be consolidated into a three-day period?
And can you imagine what the reaction of this work-averse person will be towards, oh let’s be wild here and say, a job.
Now, why should you care that an undergraduate in Boston is arguing that laziness should be imposed on everyone at his or her institution, classroom instructors and students alike? Because there is huge national concern about mental health generally and among young people in particular. The danger is that the term “mental health” is being used so broadly as to justify banning anything some people regard as unpleasant. In this case, the cultivation of a work ethic at Boston College.