Offense-seeking student myth says more about critics than students

January 5, 2016

Hua Hsu examines last year’s discussions on the “emerging archetype of the hypersensitive college student,” and argues that this “alarm about offense-seeking college students may say more about the critics of political correctness than it does about the actual state of affairs.” Hsu explains that the general attitude on campus towards political correctness is more modest than media coverage makes it appear, and notes that what these protests and sit-ins across America “share in common is a desire by students to hold their institutions accountable.” Last year, a study by Academica Group similarly found that Canadian students are generally less polarized on the issue of trigger warnings, an issue often associated with hypersensitivity, than many critics make them out to be. New Yorker