Is a college student in YOUR life a fragile little precious snowflake? Then tell them to stay away from THIS school. Because they’re not buying it.
In a world where ‘diversity’ and university are becoming opposites, a Chicago dean is taking a stand. Don’t look for ‘safe spaces’ here.
“Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago’s defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression,” read the letter from Dean of Students John “Jay” Ellison, sent Wednesday as part of the Class of 2020’s welcome package. “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship.”
As a result, Ellison wrote, “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.”
Here’s a tweet of the letter:
In a welcome letter to freshmen, the College made clear that it does not condone safe spaces or trigger warnings: pic.twitter.com/9ep3n0ZbgV
— The Chicago Maroon (@ChicagoMaroon) August 24, 2016
Can you imagine? A college dean who thinks the university experience should be about having one’s mind and perspective challenged with new ideas rather than forcing them to conform to established ones?