The Coddling of the American Mind

According to this article in The Atlantic, 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.

I have taught college for twenty years and affirm many of the concerns here.

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.

Students are more easily scandalized by ideas they do not like or how those ideas make them “feel.” There is a certain lack of mental toughness and what George Orwell called the “power to face.”

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