BRITISH SNOWFLAKES: CAPITAL LETTERS MAY SCARE STUDENTS INTO FAILURE

IF YOU SHOULD HAPPEN TO BE A BRITISH SNOWFLAKE BETA MALE, I CERTAINLY HOPE MY USE OF ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS NOT ONLY TRIGGERS YOU, BUT ALSO SENDS YOU SCURRYING TO YOUR SAFE SPACE.

BUT IN ALL FAIRNESS, I’M GOING SOLEY ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STAFF OF ONE OF BRITAIN’S LEADING INSTITUTES OF HIGHER LEARNING. AND I DON’T MEAN ONE OF THOSE NAMBY-PAMBY LONDONTOWNE SCHOOLS

I’M TALKING ABOUT LEEDS TRINITY UNIVERSITY. YES, THAT LEEDS. WORKING-CLASS LEEDS. THE LEEDS RHINKOS. THE WHO LIVE AT LEEDS.

Flocons de neige britanniques.

Now, back to at least a bit of reality for us regular people.

As reported by Will Metcalfe of Yahoo News UK, in a memo from the staff of Leeds Trinity’s journalism department, lecturers need to refrain from “writing to students using capital letters…”

Rationale? All caps just may “‘scare them into failure’ and instead suggested using a ‘friendly tone’ and avoiding the use of negative language.”

Also noted;

Critics have since slammed the memo, saying it is just aiding to the ‘snowflake’ generation being overindulged throughout their education – following incidents in Manchester and Kent.

The memo said: ‘Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all.’

The Express reports that it goes on to say writing words in capital letters could make the assignment appear ‘more difficult’ – adding to anxieties.

A spokesperson for Leeds Trinity said the memo was guidance on how to explain tasks to students so they achieve their full potential.

The move is the latest in a string of incidents which have seen universities criticised for pandering to students.

The University of Manchester’s students’ union replaced applause with ‘jazz hands’ at one event to alleviate stress among the anxious and people with sensory issues.

Kent University last month was criticised for banning students wearing ‘offensive’ costumes, including cowboy outfits or sombreros, in case it affected students’ right to a ‘safe space’ at the institution.




Only two-thirds of Millennials firmly believe the Earth is round

I realize that young folks want to rage against The Man, but don’t you think being pissed at Copernicus is taking it a bit too far?

The latest dance craze all the Millennials are boogying to is that a disturbingly high number think the planet is actually flat.

In spite of the corporate bosses at Big Globe trying to convince us otherwise, the professional opinion collectors at the Silicone Valley-based YouGov.com queried 8,215 adults across the nation to ask a simple question:

Do you believe that the world is round or flat?

Rather than a simple “yes” or “no”, the interviewees were given five varying degrees of the how strong their opinion was;

  • I have always believed the world is round
  • I always thought the world is round, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts
  • I always thought the world is flat, but more recently I am skeptical/have doubts
  • I have always believed the world is flat
  • Other/Not sure

The good folks at YouGov have their stats broken down by the following specific categories;

  • By political party
  • By gender
  • By region
  • By age
  • By income
  • By what you personally consider your level of religious sentiment



If you choose to take a peek at the various graphs, you’ll see that while some stereotypes are busted, some remain the same.

Case in point: While Southerners are supposedly not as bright as their Yankee brethren, the numbers are nearly exact. Myth – busted.

But when it come to Millennials nation-wide, well… let’s just say that government K-12 plus $100,000 worth of college debt in order to major in The History of Bubbles has come to its logical conclusion.

I hope you’ll understand, but instead of me giving the breakdown of how the youngsters responded, suffice it to sat that a mere 66 percent of those aged 18-24 are sure that the planet really is round.

One other point that the folks over at The Flat Earth Society still leaves me scratching my head, they claim that NASA photos from space showing a round Earth is nothing more than “I don’t trust the government”.

When asked about astronauts in general, their rationalization is;

“Most Flat Earthers think Astronauts have been bribed or coerced into their testimonies. Some believe they have been fooled or are mistaken.”

I’ll make a deal with the Flat Earthers… just head over to those giant mountain ice walls that supposedly keep all the water from falling off the edge of the world — organize an expedition, go to the absolute furthest-end of the planet… please just take a photo or two of the edge of the world.

Is it too much for me to ask for some photographic evidence?