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How Much Learning Can Occur in Safe Spaces?

At Oxford, a debate about whether “abortion culture harms us all” was canceled due to student protest. A performance of The Vagina Monologues met with the same fate at Mount Holyoke College because it excludes, and thus might offend, trans women. At Brown University, a group of students organized a “safe space” so that students who found a scheduled debate about how universities should handle sexual assault too upsetting had somewhere to go. One student who availed herself of the safe space suggested that she felt “bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” and so she had to leave the debate.

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