If you thought delicate liberal snowflakes in the higher education system couldn’t possibly outdo themselves with the invention of the “safe space” to protect themselves from opposing viewpoints that “offend” them, wait until you get a load of what the University of Arizona is doing now.The school, charged with the task of shaping future generations of leaders to enter the workforce, is training students and faculty to say “ouch” when something rubs them the wrong way.
Really wish this was a work of fiction, but it isn’t.According to TheBlaze, A professor at The University of Arizona has written guidelines for faculty to instruct their students to say, “Ouch,” when they are offended by something that was said in the classroom. The correct follow-up response by the offender? “Oops.”
Jesus Trevino, the university’s vice provost for Inclusive Excellence, recently wrote a 20-page handbook for faculty called “Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Classroom,” which lays out suggestions for how to handle difficult topics. He is paid an annual salary of $214,000 for his position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the university confirmed.
“This document is intended to be a resource for addressing difficult or challenging topics in the classroom,” the handbook says. It also explains that it is meant to “maximize free speech in the classroom,” according to The College Fix.In the section called “Personal and Group Affirmation,” Trevino aims to create a safe space for students who wish to debate challenging topics.
“If a student feels hurt or offended by another student’s comment, the hurt student can say ‘ouch.’ In acknowledgement, the student who made the hurtful comment says ‘oops.’ If necessary, there can be further dialogue about this exchange,” the handbook reads.
This is just about as stupid as the Southern Poverty Law Center saying milk is racist.Heaven help us.
This sort of protection from being offended is not doing these students any favors and is most definitely not preparing them for taking on the real world.
Life can be mean and cruel. Get over it.[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]