This controversy may seem odd to students in the United States—where nearly 60% of the more than 400 colleges surveyed have speech codes that would probably not survive a rigorous First Amendment test. But, bear with me: At one time, a standard test of whether a young person would benefit from a university education was the ability to hear and respond to challenging material.
Yet, further to today’s university slowly morphing (on the arts side) into mere babysitting for physical adults, the latest fad is “trigger warnings,” warning students that personal traumas may cause them to be upset by the materials on the curriculum. More.
Also: The rise of the campus brownshirt in the academic wasteland
Brownshirts are political thugs bent on suppressing civil liberties or ideas they disapprove via noisy demonstrations, hinting at violence to come.
Question: Are people doing this because the basic idea of secular science is no longer working?
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