categoryMenu_new
 
  Home
  EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  AbundantHope
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Announcements
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  OUR PUBLIC FORUM IS OPEN TOO ALL
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Candace
  Ron
  Rosie
  Jess
  Brian's Poetry
  James
  Giuseppe
  Esteban
  Telepathic Messages
  Candace
  Jess Anthony
  Vince
  Leonette
  John
  Adam
  Bela
  Joyce
  Hazel
  Kibo
  Peter
  Rosie
  Johan
  Lucia
  Lucia G
  Rubens
  Shellee-Kim
  Ben
  Dorothea
  Solon
  Others
  Targeted Messages
  Hano
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  Illustrations For The Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  THE WAVE
  Environment/Science
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
 
  Education
  Resources
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Video
  Websites
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Scientific
  Spiritual
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Dutch
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Artikelen/berichten
  French
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Articles
  German
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Italian
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  Portuguese
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Spanish
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Monjoronsón
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  Chinese
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

Search
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Education Last Updated: May 4, 2020 - 10:33:10 PM


Oxford’s Calls for MORAL Quarantine isn’t only attempt to undermine free speech, it’s DEGRADATION of academic teaching & learning
By Frank Furedi for RT
May 4, 2020 - 10:29:05 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487710-oxford-moral-quarantine-free-speech/

4 May, 2020
Get short URL

Oxford's calls for MORAL quarantine isn't only attempt to undermine free speech, it's DEGRADATION of academic teaching & learning

Graduates outside the Sheldonian Theatre after a graduation ceremony at Oxford University, in Oxford, Britain, July 15, 2017 ©  Reuters / Hannah McKay

For Oxford University Student Union the current lockdown is not enough. They have voted to impose a quarantine to protect themselves from the threat of "ableist, classist and misogynistic reading lists."

The new student policy statement, ‘Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working-class and Women Students from Hatred In University Contexts' aims to shut down discussion on anything that any of the ‘aforementioned groups' deem prejudicial.

Supporters of the policy explicitly reject the idea that freedom of speech is an essential feature of academic life. This policy document - passed by the Oxford SU and then mercifully rejected by Oxford University - explicitly states that arguments based on "free speech policy are inapplicable" when students are "required by the University to listen to the speech in question."

Many commentators will interpret this policy document as yet another example of identity obsessed student activists demanding protection from ideas and words that offend them. However, this policy document goes far further than the original arguments that were made in support of trigger warnings. Early advocates of attaching trigger warnings to literary text that might disturb a student argued that it would protect them from the supposed psychological harm from ideas, views, images and attitudes that may make them feel uncomfortable and possibly traumatised.

READ MORE ‘Mini police state': Students' union employs ‘safe space marshals' to control debates

‘Mini police state': Students' union employs ‘safe space marshals' to control debates

Soon calls for a trigger warning acquired a ritualistic quality. These warnings signalled that their authors were ‘aware', ‘responsible' and fully on the side of victims of trauma. It became a form of virtue signalling that conveys the message that ‘I feel your pain' and that you are entitled to feel upset and possibly triggered. It was this performative dimension of trigger warnings that has attracted many university students and academics to embrace it. Though subsequently withdrawn, one of the earliest endorsements for such warnings in a higher education institution came from Oberlin College in November 2013. Its guide for faculty instructed:

"Issue a trigger warning.  A trigger warning is a statement that warns people of a potential trigger, so that they can prepare for or choose to avoid the trigger.  Issuing a trigger warning will also show students that you care about their safety."

In these guidelines the use of trigger warnings to "show students that you care about safety"is explicitly advanced as one of its key rationales.

Sponsors of the idea regularly draw attention to their commitment to caring and looking after their students. That the use of these alerts is about much more than triggering trauma is indicated by one of its supporters, who remarked that "students appreciate the concern."

Others claimed that "the very act of respecting the students helps them to become open-minded" and "that when students know that you care about their well-being, they're willing to risk more." Some assert that the provision of alerts offers"an acknowledgement and sensitivity to particular marginalities in the classroom."

In these statements the provision of a trigger warning serves as a gesture of care, respect and sensitivity. From this standpoint, the virtue of awareness is performed through the provision of trigger warnings.

The ritualistic calls for the alerts have steadily expanded to encompass a growing range of experiences. From 2015 onwards, calls for banning controversial speakers from campuses were justified on the grounds that they could trigger students and cause untold psychological harm. At times it seemed that among sections of student activists there was a race to find new outlets for trigger warnings. So delegates at the NUS Women's Conference were told to use jazz hands because some of the delegates felt anxious during audience applause. The idea that clapping had triggered anxiety and that therefore an age-old practice has to be abolished indicates that the quest for new triggers has acquired a dynamic of its own.

ALSO ON RT.COMThought police on campus: What's behind ‘consent classes' at British universities

During the past two years the crusade promoting trigger warnings, has embraced a variety of new causes; the most important of which is to subsume the academic curriculum to the dictates of identity politics. The objective of the Oxford Student Union motion is to undermine the freedom of academics to teach material that they believe is important for understanding their subject matter.

The Student Union wants to protect students from being exposed to arguments with which it disagrees. So the motion passed by the Student Union explicitly condemns a Medical Law and Ethics reading list for its "ableist content." The motion condemns a reading list, that contains an article that advocates for a moral duty not to have disabled children, and another advocates for the "murder of disabled children after they have been born."

Since debates in medical law and ethics are inherently controversial and often focus on matters of life and death it is difficult to imagine what would be left of this subject if it became detached from such troubling and difficult questions. What's at issue is not merely an attempt to censor and undermine free speech but the degradation of academic teaching and learning. A course on medical ethics that does not disturb and sometimes offend a student's sensitivity has little to do with the fundamental ethical questions facing humanity.

In a nursery it is entirely legitimate to impose a quarantine against uncomfortable ideas. But is that the model that students at Oxford wish to embrace?

Think your friends would be interested ? Share this story !

Frank Furedi

is an author and social commentator is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Author of How Fear Works: The Culture of Fear in the 21st Century. Follow him on Twitter @Furedibyte

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.




All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2020 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here


Top of Page

Education
Latest Headlines
California Faculty Demands "Free Tuition For All Black, Native, & Indigenous Students"
Netflix Orders Queer-Friendly Animated Children’s Series ‘DeadEndia’
Heralded Orchestra Conductor Traces Musical Gifts to Training in the Womb
An Astounding Tale of Slavery and Deceit: Yale University’s Madras Connection
Cambridge University Defends, Promotes Academic After 'Racist' Tweets Removed From Twitter
New Zealand Unveils Web Safety Ad Featuring Two 'Porn Stars'
UK School Apologizes After Asking 11-year-olds to Define ‘hardcore pornography’
The Work Of Pippa King
What is Celibacy?
Poor History Teaching Means Young Don’t Know Britain Stamped Out Slavery Worldwide
"Take Your Benzos, Watch Your Porn": Sunday Night Advice For Self-Righteous Failures
Why Does A Cartoon Sponge Need A Sexuality? Nickelodeon says SpongeBob SquarePants May be Gay
Anonymous Berkeley Professor Shreds BLM Injustice Narrative; Berkeley Responds
Already-Broke Colleges Being Bullied Into Hosting Costly "White Privilege" Workshops Amid Virus Crisis
BLM Wants to Get Into Schools. Here’s What They Plan to Teach.
Cartoon Network Celebrates ‘Pride Month’ with Videos on LGBT Families, Kid Activists
“Christian” World Vision Attacks Homeschooling Schools
New sex ed Teaches New Jersey Minors About Sodomy and How to Consent to it
CNN & Sesame Street’s Clumsy ‘Stand up to Racism’ show pushed adult agenda & exploited baffled kids, some hilariously off-message
CNN: White Children ‘Don’t Deserve Innocence’