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American campuses are now overwhelmingly made up of students born after 1980, many of whom are incapable resolving conflict on their own

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November 27,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, At a recent NYU debate, psychologist Jonathan Haidt was one of several panelist who discussed free speech and the exchange of ideas on college campuses, as well as the rise of microaggressions (ideas or statements that might be subtly offensive to some people or groups).

Haidt offers several explanations as to how campuses transformed from places where ideas were freely exchanged into “safe spaces” where professors cannot interject ideas that might be deemed controversial.

People born before 1980, Haidt said, generally accept the following principles regarding life on a university:

“You are here to come to terms with ideas that might be upsetting or disconcerting.”
“We need opposition to help us learn and help us grow.”
“We know we are imperfect and prone to bias and ad hoc reasoning.”

These are individuals who generally grew up in environments in which they often were forced to confront challenges and dangers on their own. “If someone called you a stupid idiot, you either called him a stupid idiot back or you punch him,” Haidt said.

That is in stark contrast to how children were raised by helicopter parents after 1980, he said, when children were given less independence. They were taught to resolve conflicts through figures of authority. Another words they “rat” on the perpetrator of the perceived wrong .

Haidt claims , “People born after 1980 are much more likely to be in a state of moral dependency,” he said. “If somebody has done something to me, I won’t deal with it myself. I will get an adult authority, a bureaucratic authority, a diversity a department, something to punish the person who did this to me.”

American campuses are now overwhelmingly made up of students born after 1980, many of whom are incapable resolving conflict on their own.

The result is a process Haidt calls erasure, in which universities and educators strip away anything that could possibly be construed as unsettling or offensive. Eventually, ideological conformity (on campuses that implies progressivism) replaces original thought.

“This makes it impossible to teach. This makes it impossible to have an intellectual community,” he said. “I’m a liberal Professor and my liberal students scare me.”

2 thoughts on “American campuses are now overwhelmingly made up of students born after 1980, many of whom are incapable resolving conflict on their own

  1. …and they are being taught/indoctrinated by Hard Core Socialists and Communists.
    …and we’re paying big bucks for the privilege.

  2. The bottom line is that parents and teachers are giving so much safe space that there is no thinking on the part of the student as they mature to find their way through difficulties and problems. Parents solve the child’s problems immediately and at every turn which sets them up when they are young adults for FAILURE since they have no clue how to interact to a amicable conclusion. Now the idea is just to call your opposing individual names and label them to intimidate or cry for a safe space. Those parents who have taught their children the skills to interact, accept success in a humble manner and accept failure and the consequences as a growth tool to tackle the problem differently in the future….are the ones that will succeed – you know them when you see them. These are the young adults that companies WANT to hire, the others will stumble and fall many times before figuring it out, but it didn’t have to be that way….their parents wanting to give them everything, forgot to give them the tools of life that mattered. Pity.

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