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A Rutgers professor is using trigger warnings for his courses involving uncomfortable realities of Greek and Roman history.
Though he acknowledges the possibility that “taking such an approach doesn’t prepare them for the real world,” he believes that it is “better to prepare the students than to surprise them.”
A professor at Rutgers University-Camden is using trigger warnings for his Greek and Roman literature and history classes.
In an interview with Rutgers-Camden News Now, associate professor Evan Jewell explained that historians are wrestling with the need to condemn discrimination in their course material.
“People have rightfully come to a more critical stance against continuing attitudes of racism and misogyny,” he said. “So how do we teach an ancient society where misogyny, sexual assault, and harassment were the norm and built into the classic texts that we read?”
Jewell believes that academics must present these themes carefully — namely, through alerting students before presenting concepts that might “trigger” a negative experience.
“There are debates whether taking such an approach doesn’t prepare them for the real world,” he acknowledged. “Conversely, some argue that, if someone has had a traumatic assault, the discussion might trigger this experience. I think it’s better to prepare the students than to surprise them.”
As Rutgers-Camden News Now describes, Jewell once experienced an incident “where a student had equated homosexuality with pederasty — a romantic relationship between an adult male and younger male — that was socially acceptable in ancient Greece.”
Rutgers-Camden News Now said that Jewell “didn’t stand for discrimination and addressed the student’s comments as homophobic and insensitive.”
Jewell described the statement as the kind that “has been used against people in the LGBT community for centuries; to accuse them of pedophilia, to marginalize them, and to exclude them from the community.”
After the incident, Jewell gave the class readings about sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as reading about the role of personal bias in drawing historical conclusions.
One Rutgers student believes that trigger warnings at the university reveal young Americans’ fragility.
“One of the most important jobs of any university, including Rutgers, is to prepare its students for life. It neglects this job when professors beat around the bush when it comes to pertinent issues in today’s society in order to ensure that their students are completely comfortable,” the student remarked.
“However, some topics, like rape and abuse, for example, should be discussed with sensitivity especially because it is such a traumatic experience that some students may have dealt with,” he added. “Otherwise, professors that feel the need to either use trigger warnings or completely dismiss a certain topic not only exposes but encourages our generation’s fragility and over-sensitivity. I believe this could point to a decrease in academic standards at Rutgers because, rather than preparing students for reality, it teaches that it’s okay to ignore a problem or topic if it makes you uncomfortable.”
As Campus Reform has previously reported, “trigger warnings” have been used for years on college campuses. However, research shows that they may actually increase “emotional vulnerability.”
[RELATED: ‘Trigger warnings’ widely used for years…but at what cost?]
Campus Reform reached out to Jewell and Rutgers University-Camden for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.
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How anyone could attend any leftist university today is beyond me. They are the devil’s cauldron
My Long Island conservative Greek relatives have all sent their children to red state universities….it’s worth the try– less indoctrination… though the “woke” sickos have gotten word of this, and soon enough–they’ll set out to destroy that too….
The feminization, or more aptly put, the pussification of America has marginalized the role of men and masculinity to that of a fly. The broken family unit has women as the primary and mostly likely, the sole role model for young men to emulate. Families coddle their offspring making it easy for them to grow up with an entitlement attitude in which they earned nothing by trying, failing and trying again, living life in fear of intimidation rather than learning critical skills of how to stand up and literally fight for oneself instead of being bullied. Fear is contrary to faith in God’s love. What else would we expect form a broken liberal institutional system but the continuation of fostering lies in order to soft petal and rewrite history for today’s impressionably naive youth?