The Importance Of Trigger Warnings In Schools

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Colleges have been wrestling with the idea on whether or not trigger warnings should be on a syllabus. Trigger warnings are a forewarning that the material that is going to be discussed or read may be distressing to some people. Although trigger warnings do help give forewarning for certain people that are effected by PTSD or sexual assault. Trigger warnings are codling the minds of college student because it is not expanding their knowledge into present day issues. Why must trigger warning be put on certain topics that are taught/read in college; if the students are going to be faced with these topics when they enter the "real world". By putting trigger warning in a college setting it is making the students not mature enough to handle certain …show more content…
College is supposed to teach students freely and discuss material that open ups the mind without limitation. According to college professor Lisa Hjjar, “Any kind of trigger policy is inimical to academic freedom” (Medina). An example of this would be if an English professor wants to read the book “The Adventures Huckleberry Finn”. This book has many trigger warning on it because of the numerous racial slurs. But, the book also has a moral teaching behind it that is expressed throughout the book as well. Though, this book may be uncomfortable for some people to read, trigger warnings cannot protect them from this issues that are prominent in the outside would. By introducing them to issues such as racism, it opens to their minds up to what society can be like and how they work on changing …show more content…
Trigger warnings influences on students are very powerful. Trigger warnings though may be beneficial in some ways; but by codling the minds of upcoming adults is more harmful. Students should read the syllabus on the first day it is given out; and if they come across some material that causes uncomfortable emotional or physical reaction. They can also go up to the professor and example the situation at hand and try to find a solution of it. Trigger warnings are not only destroying the academic freedom of professors, but also teaching students that professors are

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