They’re called “trigger warnings” and according to Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, they are “the alerts that professors are expected to issue if something in a course might cause a strong emotional response.” (The Coddling of the American Mind, The Atlantic, September 2015).
For example an English professor who assigns F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby must warn their freshman university students that the novel contains misogyny and physical abuse. Then any students who have been victimized by racism or domestic violence can choose not to read the material so that they won’t have to deal with the emotional trauma. The result is an educational environment that fails to face students with what actually does happen in the real world.
In Proverbs Solomon doesn’t issue any “trigger warnings.” Instead he tells a naïve, inexperienced student in his school of wisdom right up front that his goal is to generate what you might call a “holy craftiness” in their heart.
“To give to the naïve teenager street smarts (you might call it “godly craftiness”), to the young concrete knowledge and the ability to sniff out evil schemes and plans.” - Proverbs 1:4
LORD, I pray for parents who are so concerned to protect their kids that they try to edit out any exposure to teaching about the dark side. Raise up parents who realize that You want to generate kids who can actually handle what life will throw at them.
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