College campuses are places of learning. Of examining the world around us, and discovering ourselves. There's a lot of stumbling around, but ultimately
Psych Central identified College/Universities years as some of the most significant years of development and change. They develop in competence, managing emotions, becoming autonomous, establishing identity, freeing interpersonal relationships, developing integrity or wholeness.
But with several occurrences in Universities across the U.S. this
Safe Space takes Priority
The argument: How are students able to argue their opinions and discuss if they aren't able to feel comfortable?
- Student development is the most important, universities create that space first and foremost.
- Speech and opinions can be harmful during these years of discovery and change.
I recently wrote a card about a university president who got called out on an email he sent to students. Students protested his actions saying his priority was not to encourage that, but to create a "safe space" first and foremost. It created an argument in the college campus.
Free Speech takes Priority
The argument: How are students able to speak freely if they are more worried and concerned about making everyone feel comfortable in the space?
- Education can not exist without opinions and ideas, sharing thoughts come first.
- Requiring people not to speak because of comfort is more damaging to the education of a student!
Obama recently talked to a high school and made a point about this exact issue: "I don't agree that you at college need to be coddled from different points of view." but he agrees that "to create a space where a lot of ideas collide."