(Campus Reform) A University of Connecticut professor has threatened to stop teaching if the university ever requires her to use trigger warnings in class.
In an op-ed for The Hartford Courant, English professor Gina Barreca, who specializes in women’s writing and feminist literary theory, slams the pervasiveness of trigger warnings on college campuses, likening the practice to “stick[ing] your fingers in your ears and say[ing] ‘nyah nyah nyah’ if you're hearing something you don't like.
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“To insist that I, or any other teacher, warn students that the material in a class might upset them defeats the purpose of education,” she contends. “Colleges and universities must remain institutions that inflame curiosity and, by their very existence, disturb those who enter their gates ... The day I'm forced to offer ‘trigger warnings’ before teaching is the day I stop teaching.”