(Note: this blog post is rich with links and will remain here for several days because I'm still dealing with this miserable nephrostomy. Before commenting, please read at least a portion of each link. Thank you)
lost their protected status at the University of Chicago.
The University of Chicago, of all places!
Yep, snowflakes, it's time to grow up.
Deal with it.
Freedom of expression has triumphed over the insane "doctrine" of micro-aggressions and trigger warnings.
Here is the University of Chicago's Welcome Letter for this year's incoming freshman (Click to enlarge, or go to THIS LINK):
How did we get to the sorry state of worrying about micro-aggressions and trigger warnings in the first place?
In my view, via the self-esteem movement, which, in my own experience as a teacher in a small private school, dates back to at least the 1980s. Overnight, or so it seemed at the time, teacher-parent conferences included parents whining about how their children's disobedience and refusal to do assignments resulted from "poor self-esteem." The parents were, of course, releasing their children from self-discipline and accountability.
By the late 1990s, the push was on for all children to receive awards, whether or not the children had earned said rewards. In 1996, the private school where I had worked for eighteen years closed — in part, a reaction to the self-esteem movement: the school's director refused to compromise the standards which she had upheld for over twenty-five years.
Believe it or not, there has been a National Association for Self-Esteem since 1986. The idea of such an association was introduced by California State Assemblyman John Vasconcellos.
The National Association for Self-Esteem's web site is HERE. Take a look. It has lesson plans.
Today I teach classes for groups of homeschoolers. The past few years, the self-esteem movement has been rearing its ugly head in that venue, too, and I see fewer and fewer homeschool families interested in the courses I offer. I'm glad that I have relatively few more years before retirement.
Additional reading...Virginia Tech’s Welcome Mat: Diversity Edu. DiversityEdu is a for-profit company and lists these contributing scholars. The organization's home page is HERE.