Something unusual is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is emerging, undirected and driven mainly by students, to scrub schools clean of words, concepts, and topics that might cause discomfort or provide offense, write Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in The Atlantic.

Last December, Jeannie Suk composed in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law– or, in one case, even make use of the word break (as in “that breaches the law”) lest it cause students distress. In February, Laura Kipnis, a teacher at Northwestern University, wrote an essay in The Chronicle of HigherCollege explaining a brand-new campus politics of sexual paranoia– and was then subjected to a long examination after students who were offended by the post and by a tweet she ‘d sent out submitted Title IX problems against her.

In June, a professor safeguarding himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. “I’m a Liberal Teacher, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me,” the headline stated. A variety of popular comedians, including Chris Rock, have stopped carrying out on college campuses (see Caitlin Flanagan’s short article in this month’s concern). Jerry Seinfeld and Expense Maher have actually openly condemned the oversensitivity of college students, stating too numerous of them cannot take a joke.

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Psychological reasoning controls numerous school debates and discussions. A claim that somebody’s words are “offending” is not simply an expression of one’s own subjective feeling of offendedness. It is, rather, a public charge that the speaker has done something objectively incorrect. It is a demand that the speaker apologize or be punished by some authority for dedicating an offense.

Today’s Question: Is oversensitivity injuring greatercollege?