Saturday, August 27, 2016
Found: A University of Common Sense in a Most Unlikely Place
The University of Chicago has some advice for college students who think they need to be protected from offensive or unattractive ideas: Toughen up, kids. Free speech is good for you.
In a refreshingly direct letter to the incoming class of 2020, the U. of C. takes on the issue of political correctness run amok on campus. At many schools, a peculiar strain of narrow-mindedness infects the landscape, leading students to believe their way of thinking shouldn’t be challenged. If someone makes an argument they don’t like, they try to shut it down or retreat to their “safe space.” Theirs is a hypersensitive world of “micro-aggressions” and “trigger warnings.”
The U. of C. isn’t having it. College, the letter patiently explains, is a place of learning and discovery. Diversity of opinion is crucial, and it requires that all sides respect the right to free expression. Students who cry foul over discourse they find objectionable miss the chance to learn. They also, we would add, risk looking like babies......To Read More......