We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here is an interesting phenomenon. Among the people I run into regularly there are a fair number who went to prestigious colleges. Whenever this topic of trigger warnings, safe spaces, and refusing to engage with opposing viewpoints comes up, they all express relief that alma mater has not fallen into this nonsense. In some cases, I know that it actually has (Brown, Yale, Bowdoin), while in others I strongly suspect it (Smith, Middlebury). I don't challenge it directly, merely point out that "you're next," listing similar schools that do have them.
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Whenever this topic of trigger warnings, safe spaces, and refusing to engage with opposing viewpoints comes up, they all express relief that alma mater has not fallen into this nonsense.
Which suggests they haven't been paying much attention to dear old alma mater. I pay a fair amount of attention to what is occurring on college campuses. While it may be that the average college student is not in agreement with trigger warnings etc., the students making the most noise thus far have been those advocating trigger warnings etc.
My conclusion is that thus far there has been relatively little pushback against trigger warnings, safe spaces, etc.
Are they kidding? The Ivies started falling in line almost immediately. I pay attention because I have teenagers considering schools to attend that will present a good value. About 80% of the ones we have investigated are led by and fed by Social Justice Warriors who prevent any dialogue that might hurt their snowflakes feelings.
I thought education was all about dialogue between teacher and student. Instead, it's turned into a set curricula written by progressives with every intent to bring down our struggling Constitutional Republic. At this point, on-line education in accounting, cost analysis, stats, and a few hours at the local university for courses requiring labs just might have to do. There's always Hillsdale.
I'm glad our boys are finished with college. I can only imagine what it will be like when our grandkids try and go to college. I was appalled almost 20 years ago when I read my son's college newspaper, the one I had read 25 years earlier. The main column was about sex but now it is about brainwashing.
Perhaps the more dedicated students don't pay a lot of attention to alma mater while they're there, either. So long as they get their classes without too much hassle and whatever wine/women/song they require, the rest of the university may not register on their radar at all.