Hey U of Chicago: I’m an academic & survivor. I use trigger warnings in my classes. Here’s why.
E Price

Honest question: What would you do if a student requested a trigger warning that would give them a benefit over other students? For example, if seeing a bad grade on their report card would bring up trauma of parental abuse, and that they would need a one month trigger warning in advance. Granting them that trigger warning gives them a benefit over their classmates since they would know their grade ahead of time and be able to change it. Pardon the specificity and irrelevance of that question, just wondering where the line would be drawn.

Another argument leads to this flaw as well, which is the pro-TW argument based off of capitalism and that the “customer is always right.” Well if the customer is always right, and gets to personalize and make their college benefit their sense of self-interest, then why should they not get A’s when they don’t deserve it? It would certainly make some people feel better, since bad grades can bring negative emotions to people. Well, teachers give grades based off of standards, not off of the student’s standards, because the teachers understand what are assets and what are liabilities to society and impart that wisdom on their pupils — it’s their occupation — making youth learn to fit or surpass the standards and be citizens with a positive impact. Now that was all a roundabout way saying that efficient learning is similar to muscle growth(since the brain acts as a muscle). You lift weights because it breaks tissue in your body in order for it to grow back stronger. It isn’t comfortable. The dumbbell doesn’t conform to you, your muscles conform to the dumbbell. Efficient learning material doesnt conform to anyone’s sensitivities, its up to them to conform to it. Education is about standards.

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