How trigger warnings went mainstream

Now even academics think students need to be protected from upsetting topics.

Students have been getting a fair bit of criticism of late. The calls to introduce trigger warnings – messages cautioning students about provocative material – have been widely documented and often met with derision. And rightly so.

The belief that students need shielding from emotion-inducing material assumes that vulnerability is the norm. Rather than maintaining that universities are places of education, where a young adult’s mind is constantly ‘triggered’ by new ideas and material, the use of trigger warnings insists that students be confined to their comfort zone. Where students once rebelled against the university establishment, today they seek emotional protection within it.

  • barryjr

    Most of us are old enough to remember when universities were bastions of free speech with anything goes. If we didn’t like it we were strong enough not to listen or to move on to the next soapbox. WW II gave us what many call the greatest generation, the new millennium gave us what is so far the worst generation.

    • I entered the post-secondary stream a little late in life (mature student), so the free speech repression on campus had already begun. But I can honestly say that it wasn’t yet the case with any of my Professors, including the Marxist Professors — they were all libertarians. So long as you backed up your arguments with solid evidence you got good grades.

      This is a sad turn of events in liberal education. Maybe we should start sending our kids to India to attend University…

  • Millie_Woods

    Don’t buy that ‘trigger’ shit for one nanosecond. This is socialist students, professors, administrators and racist blacks working lockstep to ban anything that might oppose BLM/socialist doctrine.

    As Iowahawk said on Twitter:
    1. Find a respected institution
    2. Kill it
    3. Gut it
    4. Wear it’s carcass as a skin-suit while demanding respect

  • WalterBannon

    Today’s universities are not places of education or learning and none of these graduates are worth hiring

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Given the higher costs of higher education, universities must be brought under the consumer protection laws. If students and their parents want to gamble, they can have more fun in Las Vegas.

    • Minicapt

      … Atlantic City …