Rethinking the “hypersensitive” student

September 22, 2015

Campus community members from around North America seem to fall into one of two camps whenever a controversial issue comes up, writes Globe and Mail contributor Sarah Niedoba. On one side are free-speech advocates who are frustrated with the apparent coddling of “oversensitive” students through trigger warnings and similar approaches to potentially offensive content. On the other side are those who argue for their right to choose what content they will or will not be exposed to based on their personal beliefs and preferences. Yet if given a choice between these two groups, Niedoba adds, she would choose neither. She suggests that the biggest problem facing these groups is that they lack respect for one another’s views and are not prepared or willing to engage in thoughtful, open-minded dialogue. Globe and Mail