IF YOU SHOULD HAPPEN TO BE A BRITISH SNOWFLAKE BETA MALE, I CERTAINLY HOPE MY USE OF ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS NOT ONLY TRIGGERS YOU, BUT ALSO SENDS YOU SCURRYING TO YOUR SAFE SPACE.
BUT IN ALL FAIRNESS, I’M GOING SOLEY ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STAFF OF ONE OF BRITAIN’S LEADING INSTITUTES OF HIGHER LEARNING. AND I DON’T MEAN ONE OF THOSE NAMBY-PAMBY LONDONTOWNE SCHOOLS
I’M TALKING ABOUT LEEDS TRINITY UNIVERSITY. YES, THAT LEEDS. WORKING-CLASS LEEDS. THE LEEDS RHINKOS. THE WHO LIVE AT LEEDS.
Now, back to at least a bit of reality for us regular people.
As reported by Will Metcalfe of Yahoo News UK, in a memo from the staff of Leeds Trinity’s journalism department, lecturers need to refrain from “writing to students using capital letters…”
Rationale? All caps just may “‘scare them into failure’ and instead suggested using a ‘friendly tone’ and avoiding the use of negative language.”
Critics have since slammed the memo, saying it is just aiding to the ‘snowflake’ generation being overindulged throughout their education – following incidents in Manchester and Kent.
The memo said: ‘Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all.’
The Express reports that it goes on to say writing words in capital letters could make the assignment appear ‘more difficult’ – adding to anxieties.
A spokesperson for Leeds Trinity said the memo was guidance on how to explain tasks to students so they achieve their full potential.
The move is the latest in a string of incidents which have seen universities criticised for pandering to students.
The University of Manchester’s students’ union replaced applause with ‘jazz hands’ at one event to alleviate stress among the anxious and people with sensory issues.
Kent University last month was criticised for banning students wearing ‘offensive’ costumes, including cowboy outfits or sombreros, in case it affected students’ right to a ‘safe space’ at the institution.