Are “hate” and “racist’’ speech protected by the Constitution?
No one should endorse or accept racist or hate speech, even if protected by the First Amendment. But these days the undefined terms “racist” and “hate speech” are being tossed around loosely against ideas that critics just don’t like.
“Collision of Adverse Opinions” Is a Healthy Thing
At Lone Star College, we take the First Amendment seriously. There are no restrictive speech codes, no “safe spaces,” no prohibition of “micro-aggressions,” no mandated “trigger warnings,” and no refusals to let certain speakers speak on campus.
What a “sanctuary campus” is and what it is not
We are now witnessing a large and increasing number of colleges and universities declaring their campuses to be sanctuary campuses. What is a sanctuary campus?
How will GOP control of the House, Senate, and presidency affect Lone Star College?
Speaking only for myself as a trustee at the Lone Star College System, it’s not too early to predict some changes.
Title IX sexual assault policies need revision
Title IX sexual assault provisions addressing protections for the accused are seriously flawed and must be revised.
Is the Transgender Bathroom Directive Constitutional?
Education has traditionally been something done at the local level, controlled by those within the community it served. This federal directive usurps the local community’s ability to self-govern and upends the tradition of localized education.
Free tuition for college students is fatally flawed
At Lone Star College, we do the best that we can with our limited resources to help as many students financially as possible. Take a look at how Texas community colleges already provide our students with affordable education.
Trustees raise questions about the proposed transgender policy
Budgets reflect choices and those choices should reflect the values and will of the community. If budgets have to be redirected to force compliance with directives issued from a far off politician instead, the community’s voice is lost.
Letter to My Daughter upon Starting College
Most of your professors, Elizabeth, will be excellent and you will gain a priceless education from attending college. But a few of your professors will be militant, intolerant disasters, yet they will be ostensibly intelligent and far more articulate than you. So what should you do?
Community Colleges Gain from International Programs
If community colleges do not want to participate in international programming, that of course is their business. But don’t imply that those of us who do are exceeding proper boundaries.