Safe Spaces Need Scholars’ Help, Not Their Scorn

Times Higher Education - Educators are in a precarious position with their myriad commitments to students, which range from students’ well-being to their ability to learn and master specific content areas.

That students' clamouring for a safe space provides a unique (and sometimes counter-intuitive) challenge to the liberal democratic mission of higher education does not mean that educators can simply abandon those students to ideological vortexes.

If anything, a safe space controversy is a sign that students need the support and guidance of their faculty and administrators, and not their scorn.

James Wicks is a doctoral student in education at Texas Tech University.

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