A professor at the University of Northern Colorado assigned Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s “The Coddling of the American Mind” to his students — and watched as they proved the essay’s point.
According to a report obtained by Heat Street, students filed a complaint with the school’s “Bias Response Team” based on the professor’s lesson. The professor, whose name has been redacted, seems to have assigned the essay as part of a broader lesson about the value of debate: After reading “The Coddling of the American Mind,” students were instructed to chart out competing arguments on topics such as transgenderism, abortion, and global warming.
Doubtless, the professor intended to use those first-order issues as a bridge to the more challenging second-order question: Why does debating controversial subjects provoke so much controversy itself? Instead, he unwittingly gave the world more proof that American higher education has gone off the rails: The mere notion that people disagreed about such issues was, apparently, cause for an investigation. The Bias Response Team was put on the case.
What, precisely, is a Bias Response Team? Around the country, universities are increasingly using them as part of an effort to do . . . something. The University of Northern Colorado describes that something as follows in response to an inquiry: “The intent of the bias-response team is to facilitate discussions between members of the campus community when non-legal concerns of offensive behavior are reported.” UNC offers further assurance that “there’s nothing punitive about” Bias Response hearings, and that “this is about understanding, not punishment.”
Understand this: A Bias Response Team is an authoritarian tool with a stupid name. The process begins when a student reports an incident to the school administration. Administrators then investigate and share their concerns with the party responsible for the incident. The involvement of school administrators, who retain power over students and faculty alike, crosses the line. When an authority figure says to a professor, “Maybe you shouldn’t teach that anymore,” it is not a mere suggestion. It is not “dialogue” between two equal parties. It is an implicit threat.
I’ll bet the students were turned into quivering bawling babes crawling for their “safe speech” zones.
I wonder how many students in his class complained? We know that they were the loudest, but were they the majority? Or even a large minority?
All it takes is one Trigglypuff.
From my experiences with young people, I would guess that most of the other students wished that the Puffs would just shut up already.
But they’re not speaking out because being the target of screaming invective would interfere with their education.
Theres no real students anymore their just a bunch of squaliong little spoiled brats wanting their safe space we realy need to quit financing these useless collages and universitoes, Make those little snots get a job
Colorado school dials back ‘bias response team’ amid censorship complaints
Just like how Saudi Arabia can (sometimes) be shamed into not executing a woman for the crime of being a rape victim, or executing a blogger for expressing doubts as to the national view of Islam, so, too has the University of Northern Colorado been shamed into right action.
New to micro-aggression lists:
Sounds like it isn’t about learning its bout 4 years of very expensive assuring them they already know it all.