Trigger Warnings Pros And Cons

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Recently, there has been an uproar of backlash against college campuses who do not believe students should have access to trigger warnings or safe spaces. Specifically, this issue is with the University of Chicago, but along the way, other universities have shown their support on the movement against “coddling” students. The idea that trigger warnings are negative stems from the viewpoint that students will use them as a way to avoid class discussion, or even assignments. However, that is not the case. Students, faculty, and experts are fighting for the implementation of trigger warnings so that students can continue to learn in a safe, secure environment and are simply asking for an intimation of what will be discussed in class so that they …show more content…
Studies prove that a negative learning environment can digress the healing process of someone who is experiencing psychological damage, and will damage someone’s mental illness even more (Holmes). Therefore, colleges need to continue to promote a safe atmosphere for their students if they want them to succeed. In University Wire’s article against trigger warnings, the author states “We can benefit from a place where people are forced not only to hear opposing arguments but also to think about them critically and analytically” (Demilia). If he truly wants this to be a reality, then safer learning zones must be a priority among colleges so that their students can perform at their highest ability. In order for change to occur, classrooms must be open to accommodating students with mental illness and allow them to feel as though they can participate …show more content…
Moreover, those who have the viewpoint that trigger warnings limit discussion are a part of the issue at hand. “Trigger warnings should serve as roadmaps, not roadblocks” states that consciously thinking about and discussing these issues could lead to more critical discussion and that students should focus more on education than their emotions (Demilia). However, the use of trigger warnings does not limit discussion or a student’s ability to think critically. In fact, the demand for trigger warnings never asks for removal of discussion. Once again, the main goal is simply to receive notice of what will be discussed ahead of time. College student Isabel Zayas argues “’This issue [about trigger warnings] is not about free speech. It is about accessibility’” (Schmidt). That being said, the opposing side tends to hide behind the idea that trigger warnings are encroaching on academic freedom, when in truth, it is not. College students like Zayas only request that they have access to trigger warnings on the courses that call for

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