Tuesday, December 8, 2015

OKWU President Everett Piper: “Challenging Ideas Are What Produce Adults.”

University Pres: “Challenging Ideas Are What Produce Adults.” By Bill O’Reilly and Everett Piper. Video. Fox News Insider, December 7, 2015. YouTube.

This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University! By Everett Piper. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, November 23, 2015.

Fox News Insider:

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper is fed up with students who cry victim when their views are challenged.

Piper joined Bill O’Reilly tonight to explain why he was moved to write an open letter after one student allegedly claimed he felt “victimized” by a university chapel service about love.

“Our culture has actually taught kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic,” Piper wrote. “Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer’ ... This is not a day care. This is a university!”

Piper explained to O’Reilly that our culture is more interested in graduating students who are more self-absorbed than selfless.

He said that he wanted to encourage students to follow the classic liberal arts model of pursuing truth and identifying what’s false, rather than nurture a self-centered “us vs. them” mentality.

“I’m not interested in coddling you in your selfishness,” Piper stated. “I’m interested in challenging you to have a higher degree of character. Those challenging ideas are what produce adults.”