Providing spaces and trigger warnings is the only way that American univerisities can truly foster academic freedom. Only when students feel they can trust their environment to protect them from emotional harm will they feel secure enough to learn, states ReAnn Pickett at Time. Students who are or have been victims of abuse, violence or PTSD need a safe space where they can escape or recover from the negative effects of sensitive or emotionally damaging content being discussed.
Safe spaces shut down arguments and free speech. They destroy the reason why students go to universities in the first place - to open their minds and explore difficult concepts, says Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos in an interview with YouTube show NoneOfTheAbove. Staying insulated in safe spaces prevents students and professors from seriously talking about hard issues and learning from them, thus damaging the learning process.