The essay, titled “In College and Hiding from Scary Ideas,” takes a lot of things we’ve heard before — trigger warnings, “safe spaces,” and denying speaking invitations to those whose views are challenging or even offensive — and lays them out so that their absurdity becomes almost impossible to deny. It’s one thing to try to keep students from being legitimately hurt or victimized; it’s another thing entirely to turn learning institutions aimed at preparing young adults for the real world into nothing more than very expensive daycare centers.
There’s been quite a bit of debate in our culture over how exactly so many from this new generation became so skittish and feeble. As quite a few of those who’ve broached this subject before in the recent past have done, Shulevitz homes in on overprotective parents who figured that sheltering and accommodating their children was best for them, better at least than letting the world get in a couple of good shots once in a while just to create some callouses and impart some street-smarts. It’s hard not to agree with that and to see it as a response to being constantly inundated with terrifying images and phantom threats, the reality of which is nowhere near as awful it seems. The media should get some of the blame for this — for deciding years ago that its mission was to scare the hell out of people because that fear translates into revenue.
There’s certainly an argument to be made that since much of this overcompensation stems from a good place — a desire to consider the emotions and needs of people who’ve been underserved in the past — it’s not fair to rip it to shreds and leave nothing left. But the problem here is that, as any child learns very early on — or at least used to — two wrongs don’t make a right. Crushing ideas and language in the name of keeping everyone “safe,” especially in a place like college, is both a fools errand and incredibly myopic. College is supposed to be a safe place for students in terms of their physical and emotional well-being, but it’s still a place where a free exchange of sometimes dangerous ideas deserves as much protection as anything else.
November 13, 2015
Brutal Meme DESTROYS Student Demands For ‘Safe Spaces’
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