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From coddled childhood to campus kookiness.

From Trophy Culture to Campus Microaggressions

Dan Shuchman, chairman of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), the group that fights for free speech on campus, has written this Wall Street Journal review of a book by one of my favorite thinkers, Frank Furedi. Furedi wrote “Paranoid Parenting” back in 2002, which was the first book I read about this new […]

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Maybe safety is TOO MUCH everybody's business.

The Idea of “Safe Spaces” on Campus

. This piece was written by a University of Pennsylvania junior, Alec Ward, back in April, long before campus speech became such a major national story. He found himself puzzling over the same thing I was pondering the other day: If students are unhappy, uncomfortable, or offended, isn’t that a very different thing from feeling […]

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CAUTION! Warnings about trauma may be insulting and counter-productive.

A Traumatized Reader Discusses Trigger Warnings

. Recently we were talking about the trend on campus to require “trigger warnings” — warnings on material assigned for class that could potentially traumatize a student by triggering a flashback on some misery endured. We also discussed “microaggressions” — the idea also newly popular at college that students’ casual remarks could be construed as […]

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Those boys were braver than I'll ever be!

Boys 10 & 11 Save Two Kids from Burning Home

. Wait…isn’t there a family in Florida who had their kids taken away because the 11 year old was unsupervised for 90 minutes? Maybe the authorities can watch this video and remember that kids who are 11 are not babies. In fact, they can SAVE them. Even in Florida! Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com \ […]

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