Safer for whom?
The university system has existed for centuries without safe spaces but now they’re indispensable?
That’s what the president of Evergreen State College says.
Campus Reform reports:
Safe spaces ‘critical’ to student success, college prez says
In the wake of the University of Chicago’s attack on safe spaces, one college president is adamantly defending their usage and calling UC’s letter insensitive to the needs of students.
Last week, UC’s dean of students, John Ellison, penned a welcome letter to incoming freshmen undergraduates warning them that he does “not support so-called ‘trigger warnings’” or safe spaces.
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” he informed the students preemptively.
Evergreen State College president George Bridges, however, has taken it upon himself to present a defense of the use of trigger warnings and safe spaces, even calling them “critical” to the success of students.
“The University of Chicago’s letter to incoming freshmen was a sign of insensitivity to the needs of students,” he began his op-ed in The Seattle Times, saying UC’s letter “wasn’t welcoming,” adding that “the message, conveyed in a letter from the dean of students, revealed a profound indifference to concerns that many students now bring to colleges and universities.”
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