Giving students speech codes, Play-Doh, and therapy goats is not the way to “mold a generation of mature and well-informed adults,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday.
In a speech at the Turning Point USA High School Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, Sessions said some schools are intentionally using such practices to turn students in “sanctimonious, sensitive supercilious snowflakes”:
“Rather than molding a generation of mature and well-informed adults, some schools are doing everything they can to create a generation of sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes.
“We’re not going to have it. That is a disservice to their students and a disservice to this nation. Speech codes protecting students from difficult or challenging ideas is a key aspect of this problem.”
Sessions warned against the dangers of devices - such as “trigger warns” about “microagressions,” cry closets, Play-dough and therapy goats - employed by schools to coddle students:
“Through ‘trigger warnings’ about ‘microaggressions,’ they have cry closets, ‘safe spaces,’ optional exams, therapy goats, and grade inflation, too many schools are coddling our young people and actively preventing them from scrutinizing the validity of their beliefs. That is the exact opposite of what they are supposed to do.
“After the 2016 election, for example, they held a ‘cry-in’ at Cornell. I just hope they had plenty of tissues for them to cry on. They had therapy dogs on campus at the University of Kansas, and Play-Doh and coloring books at the University of Michigan, for heaven’s sake. Give me a break. Students at Tufts were encouraged to ‘draw about their feelings.’”