You can say whatever you want in class, but there are consequences, writes CHE contributor

September 1, 2016

“Words are dangerous, but not as dangerous as efforts to suppress them, be it by government or dean—and certainly not as insidious as self-censorship,” writes Ted Gup for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Gup writes that he believes that the classroom should be a “safe space” for students to say absolutely anything they want. But there is a catch, adds Gup, who argues that students must also be prepared to face the consequences of what they say, which may include aggressive criticism from others. Gup offers an example of his teaching method when writing that “in my class, if students say something offensive, even remotely or overtly racist (the ‘overtly’ has yet to occur), then they must take ownership of their words, be prepared to defend them, and be willing to accept the storm that might follow.” Chronicle of Higher Education