Students can sound like “damaged soldiers” when discussing issues of sensitivity, tolerance

November 25, 2015

Based on media reports, one might think that “the students of North America's universities … endure a fresh calamity every week or so,” writes Neil Macdonald for CBC. The article comes in response to a number of conflicts that have emerged on North American campuses over the past year, including the recent decision to cancel a yoga class over concerns of cultural insensitivity and the ban of costume or dress that could be seen as similarly insensitive. Macdonald criticizes what he sees as an oversensitivity on the part of today’s university students, writing that “some of these young people, who are among the Western world's most privileged sons and daughters, its elites in training, have developed such extreme sensitivity that they sound like damaged soldiers returning from combat.” CBC