Cambridge University's 300-Year Old Tradition In Danger Because Of Snowflake GenerationBy Chris Brandt, UniversityHerald Reporter
Cambridge University's 300-year old tradition of posting "class lists" is in danger of being eliminated because of the ultra-sensitive snowflake generation wo thinks it is demeaning and damaging.
The 300-year old tradition allows the posting of the list, which includes the names, degree, and grade of students, in front of the university's main building Senate House. However, a new EU data protection law which will be enforced next year is likely to end this tradition.
The law, General Data Protection Regulation, will take effect in May 2018. The GDPR emphasized that there should be consent from the person before releasing the information in public.
This move came after a campaign called for the demolition of Cambridge University's 300-year old tradition saying that it is not only damaging but that it also triggers depression and promotes a culture of shaming.
Another campaign called "Our Grade, Our Choice" suggests that students should be given an opt-out without providing any evidence why they don't want to be included in the list.
In the impending demolition of the tradition, a referendum was made last November 15 and 55 percent of Cambridge University students vote to retain the tradition.
Those who are in favor of the list said that they are tough enough to take failure. Many think that the snowflake generation, young adults who can't take criticisms or offense, are making a big fuss over a tradition that has endured for centuries.
Nicholas Taylor, one of the founders of the campaign "Save the Class List," said that it is a fantastic tradition adding that since it is a public examination, the results should also made public.
As for the argument that the class list further aggravates stress and mental health problems, some students declared that instead of getting stressed or depressed, it has helped him cope up with it after realizing he is not alone in his misery.