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Thats the problem.

This is one kid, but she is a member of an entire generation of college students who have no critical thinking skills. This group cannot consider or tolerate alternative viewpoints but can only parrot back arguments from the group they are most terrified of upsetting.

I think kids have always been that way (at least I was). The difference is nobody enabled me and I learned that I should expect to be challenged on my views by older and more experienced people. These kids are not being challenged and it's such a shame. Half of what you learn in college is just learning that it's OK to be wrong.

It's worse than not being challenged. They're being told that any challenges they meet are wrong because their cause is righteous. They're being encouraged to reject any challenge to their worldview, and as a result they're not growing intellectually, and they're becoming more and more dogmatic. This is a generation of future inquisitors.

[–] SecondSkin 8 points Edited

I had a modern studies teacher who adapted his own version of the coloured hat exercise. Every week he made us rotate tables to a new political party and argue the class discussion topic from the perspective of a candidate from said political party (Scotland, so many more political parties than US). It didn’t matter which we agreed with, just that we learned to see the strengths and weaknesses in each and use them within the debate. We were all horrified initially (because in poor Scottish working class towns hating Tories is a sign you belong) but it was a valuable lesson to learn.

Exactly, it's like they're in a cult

But there are a surprising number of young radfems, they give me hope. I'm secretly teaching my niece about radical feminism without telling her that's what it is bc my brother (her dad)is a horrible misogynist who would lose it if he hears her saying the dreaded f-word. She's 9. She gives me hope too