Why This “Pied Piper” of Oklahoma Wesleyan University Says It Right
The idea of “safe spaces” really has gone too far. Take one look at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and you just might agree with us. In all fairness, we would venture to say that students want to be ‘comfortable’ with what they’re learning; and that would, of course, be ideal. But this truly isn’t an ideal world.
This Is the Real World. And Oklahoma Wesleyan University Is Definitely in It.
We have diversity. We have variety. There’s so much to learn in the world. So much to choose. Or not choose.
And in the case of Wesleyan University, let’s be fair here: the President (or the “Pied Piper” as we refer) did pretty much right to speak out and say that complaining students saying they don’t feel like they’re in a “safe space” all because of sermons and potentially ‘offending’ words, or even a curriculum they don’t necessarily agree with, don’t constitute a reason to fight for your so-called natural rights.
Students are in college to learn. Not to be catered to. Expanding your horizons honestly can be all about discomfort. You’re leaving your ‘box’. You’re entering a new world. You’re challenging yourself. You’re advancing who you are.
That’s Not to Say the “Safe Space” Doesn’t Matter
In all fairness, an ability to voice your opinion is key as with the University of Missouri. But remember this: you have that right not simply for your own personal reasons, but for the betterment of an entire alumni, and the future. Wesleyan University — and other colleges — are all about the future. If protesting for certain rights, ensure that it benefits all students.
We’d assert that this is true with everything we do in life, too: settling landlord disputes as a home renter, finding a job, keeping a job, managing finances, collaborating with co-workers, business. You have to be willing to be challenged in life. Not coddled. Not catered to. Or else we never will progress into our new era of understanding and excellence. Want to progress your excellence in education? Sign up right here.
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