Comfort—it’s the bright, shiny object many colleges and universities competing for the same pool of applicants dangle in front of prospective enrollees. The reality, however, is that this approach creates a dull culture in which administrators strive to keep their pupils sheltered and appeased instead of stretched intellectually, as students should be. The most recent example of this harmful coddling is Grand Canyon University, whose administrators initially canceled conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro’s planned speaking appearance.
GCU wrote in a statement, “Our decision to cancel Shapiro’s speaking engagement is not a reflection of his ideologies or the values he represents, but rather a desire to focus on opportunities that bring people together.” The event certainly would have brought “people together,” but heaven forbid students and administrators butt heads on issues. Fostering a culture of avoidance is no way to equip students for the real world.
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