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The Closing of the American Mind, on Steroids

Basheer Tome

Jeremy Lott - published on 05/30/14

At the same time as protesters were scoring victories against listening to speakers with whom they disagreed and campus feminists were literally destroying the means of free speech they found abhorrent, universities were toying with mandating “trigger warnings” in syllabi and classroom instruction.

Reported the New York Times, “Colleges around the country this spring have been wrestling with student requests for what are known as ‘trigger warnings,’ explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in the classroom might upset them…”

The most depressing and predictable part of that sentence is, “student requests.” At one time, it was at least comforting to think that kids went to college to get an education — to learn things they did not know, read books they had not read, and ponder questions that they might not even think to ask on their own. This is no longer the case.

Today’s students, not so far removed from their adolescence, are saying, “We have already decided what we think. Do not challenge us with any foreign and dangerous ideas.” Professors and administrators are proving happy to help keep their pupil’s minds slammed shut.

Jeremy Lott is an editor of Rare.

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