The University of Chicago should be applauded for forcing students to deal with controversial ideas they disagree with. Education is supposed to develop critical thinking skills and part of that skill is being able to explore and understand unfamiliar or controversial ideas. This can help students to be more comfortable with the wide diversity of people and life situations. Other universities and colleges should follow suit.
Universities and colleges should follow the University of Chicago's lead by forcing students to confront controversial ideas. Colleges and universities are about open and frank discussions about ideas. The environment has to be fostered and encouraged. Pretending certain issues do not exist does not solve the problem. We can only progress if these ideas are discussed.
The citizens of the United States are deeply divided on many important issues. Both sides are constantly fighting for more power and control over the other side. Everyone must find a way to live together in the same space with people who hold views different than their own. This move by the University of Chicago is a positive step.
Speaking about individuals who convene to trade ideas, freedom of presentation does not guarantee the liberty to harass or even abuse other folks. They stated the institution doesn’t encourage trigger warnings. For anyone not familiar, "trigger warnings" are declarations integrated at the start of content to alert the audience of possibly distasteful content.