The anti-intellectual and seriously dangerous phenomena of trigger warnings has arrived at Australian universities.
The Age reported late last week that Australian lecturers have begun warning students about potentially graphic or sensitive content:
Australian academics are issuing so-called “trigger warnings” for confronting material in classrooms at the start of each semester, and before classes, to give students the chance to opt out.
These types of warnings encourage academics to not teach ideas, for fear of facing complaints, and students to ignore confronting ideas. And, as has been noted in the United States, there are serious mental health concerns about trigger warnings: they have the potential to establish fears students would otherwise not have, and encourage individuals to avoid addressing their fears.