It dawned on me when I was watching the news footage coming out of Iran, during that latest hostage kerfluffle....
They had shown a group of Iranian college students outside the British Embassy in Tehran holding up signs that said "Execute the British," "Death to Britain," "John 3:16," etc., and it came to me that Iran must be a beautiful, lovely, civilized place, just like the Iranians keep telling people as they're kidnapping or killing them. "Why," you ask? Because their college students actually have time to protest, and are allowed to protest. "Wait," I hear you say, "Here in America, our college students can protest!" Well, yes, theoretically they can, but when was the last time you actually saw one doing it? The 70's, hmmm? Yeah, I thought so.
Today's American college student doesn't have time to protest. The costs of college are at an all-time high, so the students either get Mommy and Daddy to pay for it, or they take out loans, or they work, or all of the above. Government grants are at an all-time low, so hardly anyone goes to college for free anymore. I blame this on the Baby Boomers. See, my conspiracy theory is this: The American government, royally pissed off at college campus Vietnam-era protests and the bad press they got for Kent State, has been lowering the grant money every year since then, until it's practically nothing. The Man was pissed off that all these hippies went to school on the government's dime, and then bitched and moaned about about all the government's policies. Solution: Cut college grant funding, the students will have to work, and they will not have time to protest. In fact, even if Mommy and Daddy are paying for college, if they see their student protesting, they are likely to protest to the student, because the student probably has too much free time on their hands, and shouldn't they be studying?
So, Iran is where I will be sending the Fledgling Sparrow to college, as they obviously have excellent government educational grants, and are willing to use and appreciate their right to free speech, however un-PC it may be.