Let’s face it. A growing number of American universities are caving to political correctness, ignorance of free speech and a cowardly approach to individuals incapable of dealing with the realities of the world.
This is dangerous in the long term because students, at a time when their mental strength should be fine tuned for entry into the American economy, are leaving college incapable of living an independent, functional life. It’s creating a generation of individuals who cannot cope with the realities they will face across the board as they age.
And often times the Presidents/Leadership of these universities play right into the madness. But every once in a while we see something happen that gives us hope. Every now and then we see logic and truth rule the day.
That’s what recently happened at Northern Arizona University. The story began when English professor Dr. Anne Scott discounted a student paper for using the word mankind instead of humanity.
The professor came under fire for the idiocy, rightfully so, and the topic helped trigger some students into thinking they now need a safe space. Use of the word mankind, after all, should completely derail anyone’s ability to, well, to do life, right? /sarcasm
The students have gone so far on this push for a safe space that they’ve demanded university President Rita Cheng resign unless she gets behind their ridiculous cause. Is Cheng inclined to do so?
Read her statement below and then you be the judge.
“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space,”
“I think that you, as a student, have to develop the skills to be successful in this world, and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”
In other words, a safe space will remove any notion of discourse, debate and dialogue, all qualities needed to successfully function at life after college. A safe space for students is a setup for failure down the road.
And Cheng apparently wants no part of such nonsense.