As most students are settling back into their dorm rooms, seeing their friends again after a long summer, and attending their first classes only to be overwhelmed when handed the syllabus. Now imagine the syllabus telling you have 5 exams, 4 papers, oh and by the way you can’t use these very specific words or phrases because the professor doesn’t like them.
At Washington University, this happened when professor banning words like : “illegal aliens,” “tranny,” or referring to men and women as “male or female” on his class syllabus. But, over the weekend, the college kid spoke up, and today it was announced that Washington State University will NOT allow the censoring of words or phrases by professors.
Henry Riechman, chair of the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, “blanket bans on specific words or expressions that some may find offensive would seem actually to contradict the true spirit of open and free discussion.”
Don’t ban my words, bro. College campuses are supposed to be areas of free expression and discovery. By censoring words or phrases we are missing the point of EDUCATION.
I’m glad Washington University took a stand and said something about this, I hope other college campuses jump on board and see the value in free expression plus safe spaces!
Because if we can’t feel safe to share and have a productive conversation on college campuses...then where can we?