Liberal universities are training students to be such wimpy snowflakes that they will not be able to function in the real world.
It is truly terrifying. What company will want to hire these wimps?
The University of Arizona is encouraging college students to cry “ouch!” when they hear something offensive, make artwork about race relations, have story time, play four corners, and take a “time out” if they feel uncomfortable.
A new guide for faculty on “Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom” offers tips for “inclusiveness” and how to establish a “safe space” in the classroom. The guidelines are voluntary for faculty and were first reported by the College Fix.
The guidelines offer “Strategies for Engaging Students,” which include the “One Diva, One Mic” rule and allowing 20-year-olds to yell “ouch” and “oops” in class.
“Creating a safe space for students for engaging in dialogue about challenging topics is vital in promoting positive intergroup interactions,” wrote Jesús Treviño, the author of the guide and vice provost for “inclusive excellence” at the university.
Ground rules for “personal and group affirmation” include “One Diva, One Mic,” which stipulates that college students should not interrupt each other.
The guide also suggests the “Oops/ouch” rule.
“If a student feels hurt or offended by another student’s comment, the hurt student can say ‘ouch,'” the university said. “In acknowledgment, the student who made the hurtful comment says ‘oops.'”
“Ground rules help students feel comfortable being honest,” the university said. “Students should be affirmed for being open, honest, and vulnerable about their perspectives and experiences.”
The guidebook suggests games for students like “Four Corners,” where students are split into each corner of the room based on how much they talk in class.
University faculty are encouraged to engage in storytelling so students can “learn to bond and understand each other.”
“The objective of storytelling is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the different groups to which their peers belong,” the guide states. “Stories are interesting and convey emotion, history, pain, joy, spirituality, friendship, forgiveness, and other ideas.”
In addition to telling stories, professors should have students make “collages” and “art work,” participate in “reflection sessions,” and keep a journal about their feelings.
“Collages and other forms of art tap into students’ creative and visual side,” the guide states. “Here students might be asked to create a collage depicting intergroup relations or intergroup concepts and ideas.”
Another tool is the “fish bowl discussion,” where students sit in a circle in the classroom and talk about issues like diversity.