In a welcome letter to the class of 2020, University of Chicago leaders put the smack down on safe spaces and trigger warnings. The letter is quickly spreading across the Internet, because it plainly states what should be common knowledge and universally accepted and embraced at all universities: This is college, not preschool.
“Academics around the country are embracing the relatively new trend of using trigger warnings to shield students from ideas that might be discomforting or trauma-inducing. … Similarly, many universities are creating ‘safe spaces’ where students can relax free from ideas that might be stressful or anxiety-inducing,” Intellectual Takeout reports. “[But] the University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support ‘so-called’ trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students ‘to retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.'”
In a welcome letter to freshmen, the College made clear that it does not condone safe spaces or trigger warnings: pic.twitter.com/9ep3n0ZbgV
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