The University of Chicago is rallying against all the political correctness that is plaguing America’s college campuses. Instead of promoting “safe spaces” and blabbering about “microaggressions,” this university is doing the opposite.
In a letter sent out to incoming freshman, which was published on Intellectual Takeout, Dean of Students John (Jay) Ellison writes: “Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago’s defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. This is captured in the University’s faculty report on freedom of expression. Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”
The letter continues, “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.”
Bravo to the University of Chicago! They are sending a message that college students need to toughen up and stop being offending by everything. They are promoting free speech rather than crying about trigger warnings.
It’s about time. Hopefully other universities follow suit.