No more trigger warnings, your safe space is gone.
Donald Trump won the presidency. This is not news, it’s obvious fact now. As the Republican Party celebrates its newfound fervor and the Democrats swallow their pride, key questions linger onto how President-Elect Trump will perform.
One area of concern: what will be done to ensure that the First Amendment of all American college students will not be trampled on. This is regardless of race, ethnicity, income level, age, sexual orientation, faith, and political belief.
Fix it at the source.
As you engage with this op-ed, students across the United States are protesting. Nearly rioting even. All because they wish to stand against the results from Tuesday’s election. Despite President Obama’s heed for a peaceful transition and other democratic leaders suddenly showing a support network of open-mindedness to his policy, progressive college students are decrying the ascension of Trump as if the four horsemen of the apocalypse rode in as the electorate shifted to the right.
— REGATED (@regated) November 11, 2016
The fundamental flaw with all this protesting, though 100 percent legal, is that it is proof of an apparent refusal of reality. We all must work together to end the protests and promote civil discussions on campuses all over. By this, campus officials need to understand that past censorship policies in the classroom and in campus life have failed on a massive scale. The only solution to resolving the matters of massive student walkouts and highly irrational “occupation” movements in facilities on campuses is to fashion the rights of all students as a first priority at the institutional leadership level.
University chancellors, presidents, regents, trustees, governors and other types of executive leadership must be proactive and engage with students through dialogues that challenge them. If this election has proven anything, in addition, is that safe spaces and political correctness is dead, as they properly should be. College students need the diversity of thought and differing viewpoint in an unhindered, open campus environment. Only then can all students of every walk of life experience what it means to have true diversity on campus. Discriminatory race and gender specific “social justice” initiatives must not be the answer anymore. College students must triggered without warning.
Government needs to think.
On the policy side, a Trump administration needs to work on reeling in agencies such as the Departments of Education and Justice from mandating politically correct, unconstitutional speech code regulations for colleges all over the nation. As the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education pointed out, both agencies created policy guidance and regulation that violates peoples rights.
Such an overreach goes back to the fact that under the current administration, the executive branch has become a strong executive branch. Through the usage of excessive executive orders, unconstitutional overreach, optional guidance to mandated regulation models, and discriminatory selective protection of social classes, the federal government single handedly created the current speech crisis in higher education. Trump needs to eliminate bad public policy and trade it for good public policy by shrinking, repairing and maintaining smaller, lesser government oversight in what students learn when they pay thousands for a college education.
Only then, will we be able to move on and create a sane academia.
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