Coddled at College?

Posted: November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

I try my best to be very careful about not offending anyone in the classroom or workplace. Yet, sometimes I am not certain about what constitutes being offensive? If my case studies, lectures or anecdotes trigger a reaction by even one student, that is not my intent.

In the National Post , a straight white male student speaks about his experiences at the University of Victoria. A place where students can’t say “party” or refer to alcohol and receive backlash for showing the cross dressing movie Mrs. Doubtfire. In one example, he shares that a sovereignty conference funding was revoked because the First Nations groups on campus were not consulted to give consent.

In short, my peers are so inclusive that they’ve become exclusive. We’ve become so insulated to offence and harm that the space for critical thinking and the intellectual meeting of minds is occupied increasingly by “safe spaces.”

This leads us to question if Barack Obama is right… should we work to eliminate situations where students are “coddled and protected from different points of view”? Shouldn’t we promote critical thinking and intellectual discourse that can potentially ruffle some feathers? Lets get people talking, even if it causes some uncomfortable moments for the coddled. No offence.

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