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Lecturers at UK’s University of Reading Told to Give Students Trigger Warnings on Sensitive Topics

Lecturers at UK’s University of Reading Told to Give Students Trigger Warnings on Sensitive Topics

“Universities are not doing their students any favours at all by insisting that they be protected from reality.”

Just a reminder that what’s happening on college campuses is not limited to the United States.

The Daily Mail reports:

‘We’re descending into an educational Dark Age’: Fury as University of Reading students are issued with ‘woke’ trigger warnings if classes contain ‘distressing’ content about pregnancy, heterosexism, blood and classism

Fury has erupted after University of Reading lecturers were told to issue trigger warnings to students if classes contain ‘distressing’ content.

Topics including pregnancy, heterosexism and classism will spark a content warning from staff at the Berkshire institution.

But critics slammed the move saying that Britain’s universities are descending into ‘an educational Dark Age’ as a ‘menacing shadow of wokeism’ engulfs institutions.

The alerts, which include warnings over content on dissection and blood, are being issued amid fears they might trigger ‘unwelcome’ memories for those who experienced trauma.

Sexual assault, incest, animal cruelty, mental illness, racism, sexism and misogyny, and homophobia are also among the 22 topics on the trigger list.

Chris McGovern, from the Campaign for Real Education, told MailOnline: ‘A menacing shadow of wokeism and political correctness has fallen across our schools and universities.

‘We are descending into an educational Dark Age. Universities are not doing their students any favours at all by insisting that they be protected from reality.’

University chiefs say the trigger warnings will ‘remove the element of surprise’ by pre-warning students about sensitive content.

But bosses insist they are to ‘engage’ students and that they ‘will not censor topics’.

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Comments

I am old school. A trigger warning means “The Range is Hot”.

Too many snowflakes out there.

Meganinvegas | July 6, 2021 at 11:37 am

I thought it was recently decided( by these idiots ) that the term “”trigger warning ” was itself to traumatizing to use . More ridiculousness

henrybowman | July 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm

So then, trigger warnings now conflict with spoiler warnings?

“In this next scene, Norman sneaks into the bathroom and…”

Poor babies. They are too emotionally fragile to read any of the great novels or histories.

The only trigger warning I ever gave my students was “Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target.” That’s a trigger warning that is worth remembering.

George_Kaplan | July 8, 2021 at 12:05 am

Will there be trigger warnings for material that supports homosexuality, CRT, anti-White racism, transanity, anti-colonialism, anti-British content, or anti-Christian views?

Or are trigger warnings only for subjects that offend the Left? If that is the case then this is a de facto admission that higher education is monocultural and exclusive with only a single viewpoint tolerated.

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