Minasuk/ December 6, 2015/ Uncategorized

Trigger-unhappy: Student “safety” has become a real threat to free speech on campus | Economist | June 2015 From town-sized public universities to tiny liberal-arts colleges, students have declared and administrators accepted that teachers or visiting speakers should aim for a psychologically safe learning environment, avoiding ideas or imagery that might prove distressing.

Minasuk/ August 26, 2015/ Uncategorized

I’m a Duke freshman. Here’s why I refused to read ‘Fun Home.’ | Washington Post | August 2015 As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned “Fun Home,” a graphic

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Minasuk/ August 19, 2015/ Uncategorized

The Coddling of the American Mind | The Atlantic | August 2015 In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

Minasuk/ August 7, 2015/ Uncategorized

Closed Minds, Great Books | New York Times | June 2015 There is much media ado these days about the rise of political correctness in university life, the emphasis on campus “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” meant to alert students to the possibility that they may find certain learning materials “offensive.” Much of this talk is overdone, but it does

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Minasuk/ August 6, 2015/ Uncategorized

Liberal Arts, a Lost Cause? | New York Times | July 2015 “I don’t think one should get melodramatic about this, but we are drifting toward turning college into a trade school. And that is ultimately harmful.”

Minasuk/ May 10, 2015/ Uncategorized

What’s the Point of a Professor? | New York Times | May 2015 We used to be mentors and moral authorities. Now we just hand out A’s.