The coddling of college students

By Christopher Harper

Instead of readying college students for the rough-and-tumble world of work, it appears that a growing number of professors want to enhance the coddling of this generation.

In an article in the faculty union newsletter at Temple University, where I teach, Amy Lynch of the College of Public Health argued for an emphasis on “trauma-informed teaching.”

Following is some of the pablum she preaches:

–Do not have any penalization for students who feel unsafe attending a class in person.

–When possible, have students sitting in a large circle or square, with no one’s back facing another individual.

–Offer choices to students concerning assignments. “You can complete this assignment as a written paper of 2,500 words, or you can submit a flipgrid with at least 4,000 words.”

Note: I had never heard of a flipgrid until now. Here is a definition: Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called “topics,” and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.

–Show unconditional positive support for students, directly to students, and in conversations with colleagues about students. 

–Actively acknowledge and discuss when current events trigger emotions related to systematic oppression….

–Educators can promote student resilience.. [by] celebration of “missed successes,” [and] with warm compassion-based “social autopsy,” growing together with the discovery of what went wrong…. 

Note: I had never heard of a social autopsy. Here is a description: A social autopsy is a problem-solving strategy designed to support social skills. Students with difficulties understanding social interactions can use a social autopsy to analyze the social errors they made. Examples of where social autopsies may be used include:

–Ignoring others’ greetings
–Asking a question in a class without raising a hand
–Continuing to talk on the same topic
–Sneezing without covering one’s mouth

For more information, see https://buildingmomentuminschools.blog/2016/02/05/social-autopsy-and-other-social-teaching-tools/

If my colleagues and I follow this plan, Professor Lynch argues, “the seeds of trauma-informed education are planted with the hopes of a full forest of trauma-informed education stakeholders soon to emerge.”

If a student has difficulties, I always want to help. But I am not a psychologist; I am a teacher. I make suggestions to students on how they can seek help outside of the classroom for difficulties they might have.

For the 26 years I have been teaching, I always encouraged students to get outside of their comfort zones. That was the best way to prepare oneself for the tough job a journalist had to do. Now it appears I’m supposed to make students feel more comfortable.

Simply put, It’s unlikely that graduates will enter a “trauma-informed” workplace once they leave the comfort of college. 

Very Quick Thoughts Under the Fedora: Tebow, Audit Panic, Golden Globes, Pipelines and a Civil War Preview

A reminder to every sports station that is making fun of the Tim Tebow signing, not only did he keep in shape thanks to his baseball career (where he made it to the AAA level) but everyone seems to forget that in his only season as a starter he went 7-4 as a starter with a .500 record in the playoffs and then was never given a starting job again.

They’ll never forgive him for his public Christianity.


The Democrat panic over the audits in Texas and other states is making a better argument for the steal of election than anything I can say.

In fairness however the democrats aren’t trying to win arguments they’re trying to enforce obedience.


I see the Golden Globes will not make it to TV this year.

Eventually when you shoot only for an easily outrages niche market the number of people willing to put up with you will shrink to a point where it isn’t worth the cash.

That’s where the woke news divisions are heading


There are already talks of gas lines and soon product shortages over the disruption of a pipeline due to a hack. Two thoughts leap to mind.

  1. There should ALWAYS be a manual override
  2. Normal people will suddenly find out what the Green decision to stop pipelines will cost.

This type of thing will cost the Democrats any state or federal election they can’t steal


Oh One other thing about the gas lines and the lack of goods that this pipeline thing will produce. It’s a sneak preview of the effect of any actual non-cold civil war will produce.

It’s something the urban left and those who are pushing this should consider, granted those who are paying for all this stuff would consider it a feature rather than a bug but those getting paid will quickly discover that it doesn’t matter how much you have in a bank account if you don’t have easy access to food or water.