nicolejb
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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."

What do you think is more important in a college environment? Free Speech or a Safe Environment?

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I feel that free speech should come first, however that doesn't mean that speech should be used irresponsibly. like anything else we learn as children, actions and words carry weight, and because of that weight they also carry consequences. not everybody will agree with everything and it shouldn't be expected, but the reality is you are going to face ideas and situations that will make you angry or scared or nervous or offended but the upside is those same people face the same
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@nicolejb I was always taught the whole point of a debate was to win the other person over based on the merits of an idea? and that a protest was to raise awareness of a problem or a grievous wrong, and that the right was for peaceful protesting, but it just seems like everyone wants to hurt each other. there's very little respect for others and for others views
Totally, like if a person is going to college they should be able to be respectful right? Idk if that's the case for all universities though. @buddyesd
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@nicolejb that's what I mean, respect has to be a part of it otherwise it's not a debate, it's a fight. But at the same time by the time a person is college age he or she should be a lot less thin skinned. maybe it's a generational thing that I don't get
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