Generally speaking, adults are so inured to the idea that kids/students are dumb and have nothing to offer that they never think to ask this question. And it’s a real shame.

Though it can be tough to burrow into the hardline opinions and strategies of today’s students—and, damn, can they can seem so adorably foolish—Friedersdorf and his ilk are defending the tradition of American colleges without inquiring why contemporary students might be looking to rearrange the campuses they now inhabit.

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