Must students feel comfortable in their classes? Not necessarily, says the Stanford professor and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in her interview with the Swiss newspaper “Neue Züricher Zeitung” (1). More important than political correctness is an unregulated discussion with foreign opinions and positions, from which new views and action impulses can emerge.
Rice evokes the “spirit” of Stanford University as a place of experimentation and change. The first search engines from Google were created out of this intention. Stanford students are creative in facing the challenges of the world, even where politics fail. That doesn’t mean that politics is released from its responsibility, the political scientist states. It is more about changing the point of view, turning away from one’s own sensitivities and solving problems where they originated. Students4Kids aims to provide this kind of framework to tackle such tasks as well.
(1) R. Scheu. „Ich liebe Hegel“. The German article with Condoleezza Rice was published in Neue Züricher Zeitung on 26/01/2018. Rice appreciates the campus life. To her students, she says, “None of you have the right not to be offended.”. Available via https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/wenn-dus-nicht-schaffst-versuchs-wieder-ld.1359674