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September 1, 2016

Sensitivity Training: Traumas or "Twaumas"?

Many American colleges have put in place policies dealing with "Trigger Warnings," "Micro-Aggressions," and "Safe Spaces" (TWAMASS, pronounced "twaumas" as in traumas). Which suggests a new university major: Sensitivity Management.

Maybe it all started years ago with Sensitivity Training. Does Sensitivity Training mean learning in how to show more altruistic sensitivity in response to the feelings of other people? Or how to increase your own touchy, sensitive, emotional responses to the words, thoughts, gestures, or actions of others?

Either way, such a fanciful major will not likely be offered at the University of Chicago. As Douglas Perry at The Oregonian reports, U of C's dean of students has issued his own "warning" that when it comes to "twaumas" (not his word!):

The online journal Inside Higher Ed reports that John (Jay) Ellison, the dean of students, sent out a letter to all incoming freshmen that tells them that during their time at the U of C they can expect to be exposed to ideas that make them uncomfortable and that challenge some of their most preciously held views. The letter pointed out that the university expects civility and respect to rule the day. It then added:

"Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial and we do not condone the creation of intellectual safe spaces where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own."

Should students transferring into U of C from less enlightened universities be closely monitored for UPPTS—University Post-Twaumatic Stress Syndrome? Or coached not to take offense at the dean's micro-aggressive decision against trigger warnings and safe spaces?

Salvo sides with the dean, and students reading Salvo will get a healthy vaccination against college craziness.

Salvo is still offering free subscriptions to campus staff and cheap students rates for subscriptions. When it comes to truth, follow Salvo's lead and be aggressive in pursuit. The only truly safe place is in the Truth, which can be socially dangerous these days with all the pc-policing still in place. Fight back!

More on this topic from the Salvo online archives:

Hollowed Halls
Confession of an Ivy League President
by Paul J. Maurer

Mind Control
Now Occurring at a University Near You
by Herb London

Party Schools
David Horowitz Zeros In on the Indoctrination of Students by Ideologues
by Marcia Segelstein

College Prep
How Can Students Stand Strong for Their Faith in College?
by Sean McDowell


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