1. In the article by Lee McIntyre, he discusses this idea of “willful ignorance” and describes it as, “when we know that there are other ideas out there, but we refuse to consider them”. He infers that this idea of ignoring things that we don’t agree with has lead to many of the problems that our society faces today. It has even started to raise questions about what it means for schools to “create a safe environment for learning”. If people are ignoring the ideas they don’t agree with instead of discussing them and learning about other’s opinions, what does this mean for the learning process? Will we ever be able to solve society’s problem if we are all “wilfully ignorant”? Do you think this idea of wilful ignorance exist here on campus? If so, how and how can we fix it?
2. In the article by Todd Gitlin, he offers this idea that when you come to school, “you are here to be disturbed”. By this he means, the things we learn about in school aren’t meant to make us happy or feel good. Often times, especially when studying history, students deal with information that is brutally violent as he even calls our history being like a “slaughterhouse”. Do you agree that you should be open to being made to feel uncomfortable if its for the sake of your education? If you weren’t made to feel uncomfortable in school, would the learning have the same effect on you? Later in the article, he begins to incorporate facts about how anxiety and depression have been on the rise for quite some time now, and the groups of people being affected are becoming younger and younger. What do you think is the cause for such high rates of depression and anxiety? Why do you think the populations of people affected are getting younger and younger as time goes on? Any ideas on how we can lower these numbers?
3.In the article “Watch what you say” by Fredrik DeBoer, the arguments that are proposed are similar to the arguments made in the article by Gitlin. It contains the idea that education is being suffocated because of the fact that professors feel that they now need to, “sand away the aspects of one’s self presentation that may offend anyone”. In other words, professors are now so scared to lose their jobs for accidentally offending a student, that they begin to change the way they would normal talk or teach. What effect do you think this has on the classroom environment and the learning experience as a whole. Do you think this is okay or should students know that their professors are not trying to offend anyone by their teaching methods?