Trigger warnings are supposed to protect students from experiencing emotional distress, but the latest research shows that they fail to do so (“College Students Don’t Need Protection from the Truth,” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16). In fact, they may actually increase anxiety in students they are supposed to protect.
I’ve always felt that if college students can’t handle the truth, then they don’t belong in college in the first place. Learning to confront factors that have the potential to exacerbate existing anxieties is the best way to overcome their power.
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