Monday, May 19, 2014

A Squirm-Free Environment on College Campuses?

Requires no thinking
Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm. (The New York Times, 5/17/2014)

Imagine the impact on class discussions.  The debate has left many academics fuming, saying that professors should be trusted to use common sense and that being provocative is part of their mandate. Trigger warnings, they say, suggest a certain fragility of mind that higher learning is meant to challenge, not embrace. The warnings have been widely debated in intellectual circles and largely criticized in opinion magazines, newspaper editorials and academic email lists.

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