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Dartmouth Daycare (Chapter n)

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Even though pedagogical literature talks about the importance of students learning grit, resilience and mental toughness — and with Dartmouth varsity coaches asking the very best of their charges — some parts of the College administration believe that coddling and gentle caring are vital features of education at an institution of higher learning. No need to push the little darlings. After all, they might feel bad:

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Such an event is important, at least for undergraduates who will one day become overweening daycare providers, or worse still, administrators in a bloated university administration. A cute puppy? Stress balls? Candy? All that is missing is stuffed animals and a doll house.

And to think that we pay administration staffers real money to put on these events, instead of using their part of the budget to hire brilliant young professors.

As Daniel Webster might say, God help us.

Addendum: The rot is not limited to the College. It turns out that even the Yale Law School has a therapy dog. No word yet on whether such comforts are also offered by major law firms.Note: a former Dartmouth professor now at Yales writes in to say, “The law school therapy dog died in the snow storm a few weeks ago.” My source believes that the pup went to the great beyond when “he drowned, running out on a snow-covered, but not-fully-frozen lake.”


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