“It should surprise nobody that these programs have become weaponized in recent years,” Neily said. “Students frequently reported for discussing political and religious topics – which are constitutionally protected on public university campuses, much to the chagrin of these bureaucratic star chambers.”
But the “chilling” effect on speech has encouraged more schools to adopt them, Neily said. She cited several examples in her essay, including Montgomery County Schools in Maryland.
Students should not be taught to complain to adults when they hear something contradictory to their own opinions.
“Bias response teams send a clear message not only that certain opinions are wrong but that the correct coping method, when confronted with such a situation, is to ‘go tell the grownups,'” Neily said.
“Creating the expectation that authority figures can – or should – adjudicate all interpersonal disputes isn’t just denying children the opportunity to develop better interpersonal skills,” Neily said. “It’s also a slippery slope to big government, which by necessity must expand to fulfill this new role.”
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