From Carl R. Trueman at MercatorNet:
This is why Claire Fox’s book “I Find That Offensive!” is such a signally helpful volume, for she eschews cheap criticism targeted at the thinness of the students’ skins and the triviality of some of their causes by looking rather at the world that has produced them. Though it is excellent, it makes for depressing reading. If Fox is right, what we have witnessed over recent years is not simply the routine generational rebellion of immature students but a symptom—and perhaps even a structural part—of Western society as it now exists.
Fox argues that today’s children have been raised to fear. Ironically, we in the West probably enjoy greater degrees of physical comfort and safety than did any previous generation in history. Our children should be enjoying the psychological security that comes with this reality. But that which grips our social imagination is not necessarily that which actually reflects social reality. Fear and insecurity are the order of the day in the West, and this is shaping the character of rising generations.
We might posit various causes for this lack of security. Fox notes public health scares, child protection strategies, anti-bullying campaigns, and the transference of the previously adult conceptual vocabulary of stress and neuroses to children. To this, I myself would add the need for news reporting always to be sensational, thus bringing the scariest problems of the most dangerous parts of the world into the living rooms of the safest houses on the planet. As Fox notes, behind each of these culprits there are commercial interests and lobby groups. These may not have caused the problems, but they certainly have reasons to universalize, exaggerate, and perpetuate them. More.
Reality check: Add this to the list of credible causes of the phenomenon, along with:
1. The belief that everyone “deserves” a university education. Reality: Many people are not interested in ideas; they spend their lives in think-alike cliques and are genuinely threatened by credible intellectual opposition.
2. The confluent takeover of universities by management rather than profs. The students are customers. ‘Nuff said.
3. The growing creep of authoritarian progressive government and the transformation of most legacy media into its PR unit normalizes the situation.
Readers are welcome to suggest others.
See also: See also: Sensitivity training to cope with student traumas You know the sort of thing: The horror when the little asshat discovers that he must learn from a prof who has no use for his conflicted barrel of inner merde.