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Why Northwestern President Morton Schapiro Favors Safe Spaces

Learning is frequently uncomfortable, and students need safe spaces where they can retreat, relax and recoup, says Northwestern President Morton Schapiro in this Q&A with Wall Street Journal reporter Douglas Belkin.

"Now, it is very tempting to take an absolutist view that we can never coddle our students. We have to prepare them for the world. We never do anything that undermines the brilliance of the First Amendment," says Belkin. "That isn’t the real world on college campuses. You want them to feel safe and protected so that they voluntarily engage in uncomfortable learning. That prepares them for the world."

Read the full article in the Leadership section of The Wall Street Journal.