Will University/College Campuses Be Able To Survive SJWs?
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Since our previous post on “Why & How Are The Left and Right Different?“, “College Campuses Are Testing Grounds For Freedom of Speech and Expressions“, “Will College Campuses Regain Their Freedom of Speech?”, I’ve been receiving lots of comments and questions from our readers. Personally, I completed my graduate work decades ago and our readers’ questions/comments have inspired me to do more research in order to better understand the current college/university campus environment. Much to my surprise, I’ve discovered that some college campuses of the 21st century in USA are very different from what my perception of what a university/college environment of my generation, a place where stimulating and diverse discussions and debates were carried on and a place where we were prepared for our future by challenging our minds and strengthening our skills and knowledge. Below, I would like to share some videos of discussions and debates that will help us to better appreciate the situation and come to a reasonable solution:
As in any natural phenomena, the pendulum may have swung from right to left over a period of few decades. As a whole, it is important to realize that there is a difference between bringing sensitivity and awareness versus silencing the opposing side or silencing any one who may have brought up an uncomfortable subject or any one with a slightly different view point.
I would like to see our universities/colleges be full of curious and absorbent minds, welcoming any challenging and potentially controversial discussions or debates. Only then, there would be potential for progress, true equality, and a benevolent society.
After having taught at various universities/colleges for over two decades, I have a recommendation for these college/university faculty members: in the beginning of each term, ask all students to sign a contract agreeing to maintain civility and open mind in class. The contract should also specify that students should refrain from unwelcomed disruption and unreasonable expectations. Students who would disrupt or have unreasonable expectations may be asked to leave the class or course.
It is also interesting that in the video above, Jonathan Haidt pointed out the similarity in some patterns of behavior such as the Shame Circle or Struggle Session between these SJWs and Chinese cultural revolutionaries during Chinese Cultural Revolution.
All social phenomena are in flux, influenced by many factors. What will happen to the university/college campuses remains to be seen.
It is also important for us to maintain sufficient humility, realizing none of us has all the answers, and continue to talk to those holding different view points. Only then, our system of democracy would be functioning at its optimal level and we all would be able to live in an inclusive, free, and most productive society.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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