Warning: This book contains…

Some US students are calling for ‘trigger warnings’, alerts to students about potentially disturbing content in course reading. I heard one of the people speaking about this and there is no doubt that the suggestion is sincere and well motivated. Most of my students would, I think, regard the idea as somewhere between unnecessary and crazy (and I don’t think it’s a good idea), but I have certainly seen students distressed when, for example, they read about someone dying after they had been bereaved themselves. Read about it in The New York Times here.

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