As a class, we mainly fell into the category of those who would not tell a professor if they had any concerns regarding a class. The standard here with the usage of trigger warnings is how do we as a society know what actually will require a trigger warning. If no one has a standard, then the policy would be mocked for being too lackadaisical. I see trigger warnings being necessary in some situations where I would want to know if something graphic is going to be shown to me. We came across two definitions of safe spaces in the class: 1) an actual physical safe space and 2) an ideological safe space. The concern with the physical safe space is that it seems more reductive or childish, which interestingly enough is how the Baby Boomers assess our generation.
The topic of trigger warnings have been a hot topic amongst people. Trigger warnings are a warning or a statement that the following material or phrases could be harmful to the psyche of certain individuals about to experience the material. This spans across the average worker to professors at universities. This topic rose from about 2011 on the internet and has reached a high to where people are discussing their thoughts on the matter. Everyone has a stance on whether trigger warnings should be issued when discussing a potential topic that could cause distress for a student or anyone in a class. With the rise of mental health disorders being diagnosed in students, some seek professional help or a better diagnosis because of there helpfulness. Students have been at odds sometimes because of trigger warnings. The debate on whether or not to implicate them in a classroom setting is the main topic of the argument.
Not just triggers warning but any warning can be taking offensive. Like telling students how to block off days to do their studies, to help reduce the numbers of students that come unprepared. But a student might take offense to that thanking they are telling them they need to block off more time because they're not smart enough to do the material in a short amount of time. Talking about students that occasional use trigger warnings are not as naïve as made out to be he is showing people with sick or thin skin can be OK with words, only people with post dramatic stress disorder can be affected and it's human to engage others with empathy.
“My dog and you have the same name.” Does this sound hurtful? Did I offend you? Yes, you did offend the person and it is called microaggression. Microaggressions are hurtful statements that can inflict insult. Microaggression is an everyday action that people do without knowing it. However, sometimes comments people say do not seem like microaggression and they do not sound offensive, but they may be insulting to the person. How does an individual deal with microaggression? Microaggression is difficult to deal with depending on how you react to the statement/insult. An individual can respond to microaggression in different forms. One can respond by counting backwards from ten or ignore the comment/ insult.
Roxane Gay’s essay explores the topic of triggers and why they may not be as useful as people will like to think. Because of Gay’s topic choice, her essay is a work of non-fiction. It uses Gay’s own experiences and thoughts to educate the audience of her stance on triggers and why she thinks that. She also uses a variety of metaphors, analogies, and real life examples to persuade her audience.
As a Para, I have to take a class with our ELL students so I can interpret for them in the event they cannot understand something. Although the teacher in this specific class is a great teacher, in my opinion, his communication skills are frightening the kids. Last week the students got the results of the last test and most of the kids did not do well. His speech went on for almost twenty minutes, telling the kids how upsetting it was to have such bad scores when everything is provided to them; that they needed to pay more attention to the class and do their homework, etc.…. during this time his face turned red, and his body language became stiff. He repeated himself over and over again. It was so bad; I wanted to run out of the class
The term trigger warning is a statement at the beginning of a piece of writing or video, alerting the audience that it contains distressing material. But why have trigger warnings been prevailing? Why is the subject upsetting college students, academics, film-makers, etc.? Once a minute subject affecting a small section of the population, the use of trigger warning has now become a debate. A debate on whether our society is using triggers to an extreme measure or if they are actually really necessary. There are two articles that will be mentioned later on, both discuss the issue on the topic and how it is affecting college students. The reality that society doesn’t see is that trigger warnings are being taken advantage of.
Trigger warnings are used to alert people of topics that may cause emotional stress or bring back a past trauma. They are usually seen before showing graphic material such as rape, abuse, violence, war, etc. so that people sensitive to the material can refrain from watching. Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt discuss the negative effects trigger warnings seem to be having on college campuses and the mental health of students in their article, “The Coddling of the American Mind”, going into detail about how avoiding certain subject material because it “offends” some people creates a poor learning environment and restricts thinking. Aaron Hanlon responds to this article with his own, “The Trigger Warning Myth”, arguing that there is no way trigger warnings are the cause of this mental instability. Both agree that emotional coddling can be detrimental to a student’s mental health, although Hanlon thinks there is no emotional coddling involved in trigger warnings. To make the argument that trigger warnings are forced upon teachers and cause more harm than protection to students, Lukianoff and Haidt must believe that the students ultimately hold the power in the classroom setting but are also narrow-minded. Hanlon, contrarily, assumes that teachers are the head of the classroom and that students are open minded to things that may make them question their beliefs and the beliefs of those around them.
The issuing of trigger warnings, according to the American Association of Professors, can be counterproductive. “The voluntary use of trigger warnings…assume that individuals will respond negatively to certain content,” which leads to reducing students to vulnerable victims rather than full participants in class discussions or debates. Trigger warnings are thus inadequate, “reasonable accommodations should be done on individual basis” rather than exposing students to trigger warnings that might affect how they view a material that has educational value.
A controversy is rising about whether or not it is appropriate to integrate the use of trigger warnings into post-secondary environments. Trigger warnings are written or verbal indications to readers or viewers that the content they are about to encounter may contain distressing material. It stands to reason that some would object to this concept saying that trigger warnings can lead to oversensitivity in students, and hinder academic freedom. However, trigger warnings can be necessary under certain circumstances, such as students coping with past trauma or those battling mental illnesses.
In addition, if I don't like what they call me, do I always use violent responses like smacking someone?
The professor is telling students on the first day of classes that he or she will understand if a student is not in class, which will cause students to take advantage of this. For example, if a student over sleeps and misses the first half of class, he or she will have an excuse for skipping the second half. This will diminish the students learning experience because discussing the readings in class is an important part of many courses as it provides students with a stronger understanding and an idea of other students’ opinions and interpretations of the piece. In addition, as Lukianoff and Haidt state, trigger warnings tell students that “life is dangerous, but adults will do everything in their power to protect you from harm, not just from strangers but from one another as well” which perfectly demonstrates how trigger warnings are acting as a security blanket to students (Lukianoff and Haidt).
trigger warnings result in censorship or respect and the well being of the student. A trigger
Emotional triggers come in all shapes and sizes, as that is the nature of them. They can be obvious like if someone were to outright insult you or directly threaten your safety. However, triggers can quite often be much more subtle. For instance, someone might make a mildly sarcastic comment, which reminds you of a memory of someone belittling you in the past.
The aspects of withitness, momentum and smoothness, group alerting, overlapping, and challenge arousal are all important when trying to reduce classroom misbehavior. The teacher’s ability to know what’s going on in all parts of the classroom at all times is essential and makes the students pay attention because they never know if the teacher is watching them. The factor of momentum and smoothness is also important because the teacher needs to get lessons started promptly, smoothly, and provide transitions. Other factors such as keeping students alert, actively involve in their learning, and holding students responsible for their learning helps classroom management.