Clift: Political Correctness on College Campuses Not A ‘Positive’ ‘Change of Attitude’

Daily Beast writer Eleanor Clift argued that the increase in political correctness on college campuses hasn’t been a “positive” “change of attitude” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”

Clift stated, during a discussion of political correctness on college campuses, “I don’t think it’d be a lot of fun to attend a university that was so carefully monitoring what everybody said, because the whole point of going to college is to be exposed to a variety of viewpoints. But I can see where this is coming from. The style of parenting has changed. We’re now into helicopter parenting, overparenting, parents who talk to their children every day while they’re away at college. And so, the colleges now feel like they have to provide this safe space for students, or else they’re going to hear from the parents. So, I think a lot of people are complicit in this change of attitude. I don’t think it’s a positive one.”

Clift later added that “students today have — grow up — we have — we know much more about bullying and the bad effects of that. Students today have witnessed these massacres that go on in schools. So, I think, there is kind of an impulse, you want your child to be safe, and I think the colleges are responding to that. But we’re talking about a kind of elite group of students who are protected and coddled. There a lot of young people out there who see some horrible things before they reach even the age of 10.” And “words can be very cutting. But, I think people have to learn to handle that.”

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