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University of Chicago: ‘We Do Not Support So-Called Trigger Warnings’ Watch

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    In a letter, the incoming class at the University of Chicago were given a strong mandate by the institution they have elected to join: “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement.

    At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”One way to ensure this, writes Dean of Students Jay Ellison in the letter obtained by Intellectual Takeout, is to eliminate “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” two topics of frequent discussion in recent years.

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    http://time.com/4466021/uchicago-trigger-warnings/
    http://www.npr.org/2016/08/26/491531...igger-warnings
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democ...y-cause-trauma
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ells-freshmen/

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    This is something the NUS needs to hear.
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    (Original post by Kvothe the Arcane)
    In a letter, the incoming class at the University of Chicago were given a strong mandate by the institution they have elected to join: “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement.

    At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”One way to ensure this, writes Dean of Students Jay Ellison in the letter obtained by Intellectual Takeout, is to eliminate “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” two topics of frequent discussion in recent years.

    Articles
    http://time.com/4466021/uchicago-trigger-warnings/
    http://www.npr.org/2016/08/26/491531...igger-warnings
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democ...y-cause-trauma
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ells-freshmen/

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    Great news.
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    A ballsy move worthy of respect. Hopefully more universities follow suit. These institutions need to put an end to this madness.

    Universities are places of rigorous intellectual challenge and debate, not kindergartens.
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    Good. University should not be a place where you are able to shield yourself from opinions you disagree with them, argue with them.

    Neither the world nor University is there to pander to your feelings, it's there to educate you and help you make your way in the world.

    I like what Obama said on this topic:

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    Good. There is no safe space and no one will be sorry to trigger you in the real world so better get used to it now.

    Putting an end to the conversation just because it makes you feel uncomfortable is never going to result in anything positive and we'll never understand both sides or make progress that way.
 
 
 
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