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Trigger Warnings

The Battle for the Soul of American Higher Education

Aviva Chomsky | Posted 05.22.2016 | College
Aviva Chomsky

Clearly, university administrators prefer student demands that can be coopted or absorbed into their current business model. Allowing the prevailing culture to define the parameters of their protest has left the burgeoning Millennial Movement in a precarious position.

Who Matters in America? A Call for Political Correctness

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.08.2016 | College
Steve Nelson

The rise of so-called "political correctness" is not the infantilizing of students. It is the long overdue voice given to the real experiences of all students.

5 TV Shows From the 70s That Stood the Test of Time

James Baxley | Posted 01.29.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

Even the stars on television were of a different caliber than the stars today. There were actors such as Ron Howard, Gary Coleman, Henry Winkler, and Penny Marshall. They didn't need a sex tape to get the attention of America. They had talent, timing, and charisma.

In Responding to Survey Complaints, USC Shoots Itself in the Foot

Nathaniel Haas | Posted 01.27.2016 | College
Nathaniel Haas

After a single University of Southern California student complained about optional questions about their sexual history that were asked as part of a r...

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

Martin Luther King on the First Amendment

David Moshman | Posted 01.04.2016 | College
David Moshman

The Promised Land, then, is not simply a "safe space." Social justice is not achieved by eliminating "microaggressions" or requiring "trigger warnings." Student activists, whatever their cause, should recognize and insist on intellectual freedom for all.

The Prevailing Narrative On Trigger Warnings Is Just Plain Wrong

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.01.2015 | College

Despite the media scare stories, trigger warnings are not widely used by college professors across the country, according to a survey released in full...

Attacks on Political Correctness: A Solution Looking for a Problem

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

We're looking at this issue upside down. Anti-PC rhetoric addresses a non-existent problem. There is ample bigotry, free expression and crude insult on campuses, streets and television screens. Americans don't suffer from a lack of opportunity to be gratuitously offensive.

An Education in America

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Michael Rosenblum

I have to admit I am both astonished and depressed when I read about the state of education in America's colleges and universities.

Obama Says College Students Shouldn't Be 'Coddled'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama wants college students to hear the arguments of people they disagree with, not try to block them from speaking. During a town h...

Warning: My Class Is One Big Trigger

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.07.2015 | College
Jonathan D. Moreno

In spite of the intensity of the subject matter, I've found that when my undergrads get annoyed at me it's usually because I'm late getting my slides up on the course website, not because I've broached emotionally difficult material.

'Coddled Students? That's Not the Problem'

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
David Palumbo-Liu

Positing the blame solely on a vocal, but still small group of individuals who voice these concerns, calling this a "movement" in order to fan the flames of reaction, and slapping them with a dismissive label only makes matters worse.

A Generic Trigger Warning for College Students

David Moshman | Posted 09.02.2015 | College
David Moshman

College should indeed be a safe space, but not in the sense of being safe from upsetting images or ideas. College should be a place where it is safe to explain what you believe and to disagree with others.

How Allergy Warnings are Actually Hurting Immune Health On Campus: The Coddling of the American Digestive System

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Nadia Khayrallah

Something strange is happening at America's colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub dining halls clear of any foods and beverages which might cause physical discomfort or illness.

Do Trigger Warnings On Campus Cause More Harm Than Good?

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.14.2015 | College

Trigger warnings, a means of preemptively alerting an audience to potentially distressing material, have been widely adopted by college professors rec...

Trigger Warning

Sezin Koehler | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Being the survivor of a gun crime involving an actual trigger, I often find the phrase "trigger warning" itself to be a trigger. Trigger warnings don't impede free speech any more than telling someone with food allergies what ingredients are in a meal.

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Tyler Kingkade

Almost No College Professors Are Forced To Use Trigger Warnings | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.23.2015 | College

Very few college professors are forced to use trigger warnings in class, according to an online survey of College Art Association and Modern Language ...

Tolerance and Totalitarianism

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.21.2016 | College
Michael Shermer

A disturbing trend is sweeping across American colleges and universities under the guise of protecting students from allegedly offensive speech -- defined differently by different interest groups -- with demands for everything from "trigger warnings" to banning speakers from campus.

Is Reading Greek Mythology Toxic For Students?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.14.2016 | College
Lev Raphael

Is there any book anywhere that couldn't be in need of a trigger warning? Think about Twilight or Lord of the Rings or The Great Gatsby. What would be helpful is for professors to do what many I know already do: ask students at the beginning of a class to inform them privately if they have any issues that might interfere with classroom learning and proceed from there.

Dismissive of 'Rape Culture,' a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against 'Sensitivity'

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2015 | College
Elizabeth Nicholas

If you only read Shulevitz's article, you might believe an epidemic of overly dramatic rape victims and overly-sensitivity responses to them was sweeping the country.

Trigger Warning: I Am About to Critique Trigger Warnings

Gad Saad | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Gad Saad

There are justifiable case-by-case situations wherein an educator might exhibit targeted sensitivity to a student's unique circumstances. This is humane and laudable. In most instances though, trigger warnings are not a manifestation of justified empathy but are symptomatic of an ailing culture.

Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, and the Ultimate Campus Trigger Warning (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Once you set the precedent that speech will be censored if it offends people who respond violently to that speech, you guarantee that more people will respond violently on a wider variety of issues. There is a reason why no one ever says "the best way to deal with a bully is to immediately give him everything he wants."

On Trigger Warnings And College-Level Censorship

Courtney Young | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Courtney Young

On September 5, the Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology sponsored a Banned Books Read-Out of censored comics and graphic novels. Dean...

Leading Faculty Group Condemns Trigger Warnings As A 'Threat To Academic Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.09.2014 | College

The American Association of University Professors, one of the nation's leading college faculty groups, announced this week it formally opposes the use...