The Comfortable Kid

In educating students, colleges walk a fine line between empowerment and entitlement

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Photo Illustration by Andrea Levy for The Chronicle

Go ahead, laugh at them. Call them thin-skinned, lily-livered, self-righteous. They always find a way to take offense. That’s just how—as you’ve surely heard—today’s college students roll.

Consider the evidence. Recently students have expressed many concerns that their elders describe as hypersensitivity gone haywire. In March, The New York Times reported on campus discussions of