8/25/16

"Trigger warnings" and "Safe spaces"

This is pretty good. A university finally draws a line in the sand.

U. of C. tells incoming freshmen it does not support 'trigger warnings' or 'safe spaces'

"It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive," the report states. "Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community."

I like the tone of the letter. I like the emphasis on civility, and operating in a climate of mutual respect.

These days, both are in short supply.

Northwestern Nazarene University has been dealing with something similiar for the last couple of  years. This has to do with a professor whom the fundamentalists in the denomination really detest. They don't like what he has to say ... so they managed to get him booted.

Northwest Nazarene University rethinks academic freedom; no easy answers

The school claims it was 'budgetary.' That has no credibility. Here's what is really all about:

Northwest Nazarene professor shares views on God, loses academic freedom

I don't know why NNU just doesn't follow the examples already set by more secular universities - U of C being a notable exception..
"Colleges today are more diverse than ever, and students are lobbying across the country for their universities to provide a safe space, or inclusive environment where students of any race, gender, sexuality, class and ability can go to find compassion and empathy while escaping the pressures of prejudice."
I'm not sure how hiding in a 'safe space' where you don't have to listen to opposing or different or 'uncomfortable' thoughts by others contributes to 'diversity,'  What are these students going to do when they get out into the real world and find that curling up into the fetal position is really not an option?
Still, if NNU wants to follow current educational theory, all they have to do is set up a 'safe space.' A sound-proof room, where students and their parents can sit, and plug in some ear buds, and listen to really loud David Barton speeches.
Kind of like when kids cover their ears and babble 'Nananananananana I can't hear you!' when they want to drown out people they don't like.