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When College Becomes a Daycare: The 'Safe Space' Culture Creeping on College Campuses

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Well, it is the end of August.

And many high school graduates are heading off to college

for the very first time.

But what they learn when they get

there may alarm their parents.

Our Emily Jones has more.





EMILY JONES: Space spaces, trigger warnings,

and microaggressions--

welcome to college life in America.

The new school year is here.

And students are packing up and leaving home,

expecting to learn about the real world,

except when they get there, they're oftentimes

met with an atmosphere that feels more

like a daycare instead of an institute of higher learning.

Instead of openly debating challenging ideas,

students are turning to intellectuals safe spaces

or trigger warnings to avoid hearing, seeing, or reading

anything they disagree with.

We asked college students what they think about these trends.

Responses ranged from supportive to skeptical.

We want people to feel comfortable.

And we want people to not, like, go around and be, like,

ah, people are making me upset, people are really disagreeing

with what I believe in.

I don't think it's a good idea.

I feel like people need to express themselves.

EMILY JONES: Students who take safe spaces and trigger

warnings to the extreme are willing to protest, harass,

and even bar speakers they don't like from campus.

Take Ben Shapiro, for example.

He recently testified to Congress

about this growing safe space culture creeping on our college


All of our views should be judged on their merits,

not on the color or sex or sexual orientation

of the speaker.

And those views should never be banned on the grounds

that they offend someone.

Even Christian colleges are not immune.

Doctor Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan

University, writes about it in his new book, "Not a Daycare--

The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth."

Emily Jones, CBN News.

And joining me now is Dr. Everett Piper,

President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University

and author of "Not a Daycare."

Thank you so much for being here.

My pleasure.



Now, in your book, you give some examples

of some, I guess, outrageous student behavior--

students seeking compensation for emotional labor,

asking for time off after the trauma of this year's election.

The list goes on and on.

What's fueling this?

Terrible ideas.

Terrible education.

Richard Weaver wrote a work in 1948.

It was titled "Ideas Have Consequences," a seminal work.

What was his point?

Ideas have consequences.

Ideas matter.

And when you teach bad ideas, you

get bad culture, bad kids, bad community, bad government,

and bad behavior.

You teach good ideas, you get the opposite.

And what we're seeing right now is,

frankly, Barack Obama's pastor was right.

The chickens are coming home to roost.

We've taught terrible ideas--

self-absorption and narcissism, for example--

for decades.

And why in the world are we surprised

to see self-absorbed and narcissistic students

pouting, complaining, and protesting in the campus green?

It's frustrating.

I tell you.

And we are seeing a surge of students, as you mention,

participating in what they're calling activism

for civil rights on campus.

As a black man myself, when I think about civil rights,

I think about the struggle of my ancestors who, I mean,

were tortured, beaten, you name it.

Do you think the students are a bit confused

at what the civil rights fight looks like?


In other words, you can't have justice without a judge.

And you can't have a book without an author.

You can't have a painting without a painter.

The students have been taught that it

doesn't matter what you believe as long as it works for you.

They've been taught moral and intellectual nihilism.

They've been taught that they create everything--

that there is no author, there is no painter,

there is no writer, and there is no definer,

there is no definition of truth other than what they decide.

It's narcissism to the max.

They gaze into the pool, the image of their iPhone,

their Facebook, their social media.

They construct their own reality, their own morality,

their own ideas.

And if you don't agree, if you don't

agree with their conclusions, you are a bigot.

You're a hater.

You are the problem.

It's ideological fascism.

It's not academic freedom because they will crush you.

They will suppress you because you dare to be different.

Let's talk about safe spaces and trigger warnings.

Is there ever a place for these on college campuses?



Let me quote CS Lewis.

He told us that the great lion Aslan was not safe,

but that he's good.

The great lion Aslan was said to be not safe, but good.

Well, let's paraphrase that and suggest this.

The great lion of the liberal arts, the great lion

of the university, the college, the great lion

of the ivory tower is not supposed to be safe.

It's supposed to be good.

There's a huge difference between safe education

and good education.

I would argue the latter is what it's supposed to be.

And the previous one, safe education, is an oxymoron.

I agree with you there.

What are some solutions to create real change

and to get universities back on track?

We need to return.

The subtitle to my book is "The Devastating Consequences

of Abandoning" what?


Jesus told us, you shall know the truth.

And the truth shall set you free.

Opinions always lead to bondage and slavery.

Truth sets us free.

Pol pot and Mao and Robespierre and Chavez

and Hitler and Mussolini--

all the despots of history had opinions.

And it didn't end well.

Jesus said, truth sets us free.

There is no freedom without the context

of those self-evident truths that are

endowed to us by our creator.

The Apostle Paul called it the truth

of God written on every human heart.

That needs to be the goal of the academy,

not just propping up your opinion or mine.

Real quick, I've got a son about to go

to college for the first time.

What advice do you have for college students about standing

firm when their Christian beliefs and the tips

you can give them to speaking truth in love?

Well, I would give you advice as a parent.

You and your son should pull aside the college president

before you choose to pay to go there.

And if he won't meet with you, don't go there.

You're paying too much money to be ignored.

Pull the president aside.

And ask him two simple questions.

And then just be quiet and listen.

And those two questions are this.

What's your view of Scripture?

And what your view of truth?

Is Scripture the inherent word of God?

And is truth a revelation of God?

If he says that, go there.

If he doesn't, don't waste your money.

All right.

That is some great advice.

Dr. Everett Piper, author of "Not a Daycare"-- great read.

Trust me-- will give you a headache at some points.

But thank you so much.

Thank you.

It was an honor.



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