Educator Cato Reno warns that this microaggression and trigger warning culture will stifle education. It sounds like a new concept to this writer — hence the title above. Welcome to the fight.
First, I want to give credit where credit is due. I had no idea about microaggressions until I read the shockingly fascinating article “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukiano and Jonathan Hardt which appeared in The Atlantic. I have attached a link to the article and of course, I highly recommend that you read it.
My fear as an educator and a human being is that this erects an unnecessary brick wall against conversing as a whole. In teaching philosophy, history, or any social science for that matter, it is important to be able to have honest conversations, and ask real questions. As an educator, I may avoid subjects which historically are true, worth knowing, and enlightening all because I fear using the wrong term. The result may then be constantly fearing if I use the wrong term, phrase, or example; What will be the consequences? Do I need to memorize the ever-changing politically correct lexicon in order to communicate ideas that I know are not racist or bigoted but may be construed to be so?
Apparently, yes. I wouldn’t teach college today, or try to teach history without being very careful. Forget about primary documents — these are dangerous. Talk as little as possible. Assume your every lecture or idea is being recorded and sent to the dean.
But remember. If this generation takes hold of institutions beyond the university, there will be no debate. There will be “bad ideas” and “good ideas,” and heaven help the teacher or politician or businessperson who even mentions something from column B.