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Thursday, May 6,2021

Survival of the Witnessed

By Jonna Shutowick. M.S. Ed.  
Grit, resilience and rugged individualism are components of our collective American identity. We are warned that replacing “picking ourselves up by our bootstraps” with participation trophies and helicopter parenting has robbed the next generation of the skills needed to succeed in a “dog eat dog” world. To an extent that may be true. But is that the kind of world we really want to live in?

Does life have to be one big shark tank? Can’t humans evolve from Darwin’s survival of the fittest to survival by compassion?

This debate is being played out in schools and workplaces across America. An LA Times editorial titled “Enough of the Bubble- Wrapped College Student” lamented the snowflakeesque fragility of some students on college campuses today. I think people are too quick to jump on one side of the argument or the other. On one hand, as an educator, I do not agree with changing curricula to accommodate sensitive subjects. I believe the subject matter needs to be left up to the professors, and the decision to participate left up to students. I couldn’t have a biology minor because I wouldn’t dissect a cat. That made me uncomfortable. And some could argue it is against their religion. But there is a need for that education as well, thus it is my option to choose a different path. I would apply this across the gamut from religion to literature, and especially to history.

On the other hand, I also understand the spotlight on microaggressions, a term used to explain how marginalized groups are impacted by comments or actions done, often times unconsciously, by majority populations (such as locking your door when you see a person of color, or greeting a woman by looking at her chest instead of her eyes). College campuses above all other spaces should be a free marketplace where ideas are debated, parsed apart, and where all students feel safe to share information, gain perspective and develop self-awareness so they can go forth and rise to their full potential. If “safe spaces” are helpful for some students to feel free enough to participate, then so be it.

With that said, some are arguing that free speech is being censured when what they have to say is offensive, or even hateful to other groups of people. It is true, we have demonstrated that free speech in this country has been almost absolute (short of the age old yelling “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater example). As provocateurs push the envelope, college campuses have become the Petri dish for how this will all shake out as we move forward.

When pendulums swing too far in either direction, the balance is off. Both sides have their merit. Free speech is part of what it means to be an American. And liberty and justice for ALL is also what it means to be an American. Grit, resilience, and maybe helping someone else adjust their bootstraps once in a while might be a way for us to meet in the middle. When we feel seen and heard, we lose the need to prove we’re right, and open space to see and hear others. What a great ripple effect that could have.

 

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