Colleges: “Snowflake” Disability Now Gets You More Time on Tests


…2. derogatory, informal An overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics. — Oxford English Dictionary

Is being a snowflake a disability? This is apparently the case at (pseudo)elite U.S. colleges, where up to one in four students are classified as “disabled” — often simply because they experience “stress and anxiety” — and are thus given special accommodations. This can sometimes mean getting twice as long as their peers to take exams.

Disabled classifications have skyrocketed in recent years, with only a doctor’s note necessary to be given the status (and then federal law dictates the person must be accommodated). At Pomona College in California, for instance, five percent of students fell into the category in 2014 — now 22 percent are classified as disabled.

This merely reflects other private colleges. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “At Hampshire, Amherst and Smith colleges in Massachusetts and Yeshiva University in New York, one in five students are classified as disabled. At Oberlin College in Ohio, it is one in four. At Marlboro College in Vermont, it is one in three.”

A 33-percent mentally disabled rate at an institution sounds unbelievable — unless it’s a mental institution. What’s actually occurring, however, is that what used to be called sins or normal human weaknesses are now being diagnosed as “disorders” of the mind, and many students do subscribe to this thinking. As late Helter Skelter mass killer Charles Manson put it when asked if he was crazy, “You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody’s crazy” — or pretends to be.

This brings us to the second factor: Seeing others get breaks, some students realize that they also can advantage themselves by claiming disabled status.

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