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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

When ‘Niceness’ Becomes Tyranny

Take this quiz. In which of the following venues — (a) The New York Times or (b) Fox News — did the following report appear? “Teacher[s] . . . [are] frightened of the pupils and fawn on them.” The “students make light of their teachers. . . . And, generally, the young copy their elders and compete with them in speeches and deeds, while the old come down to the level of the young; imitating the young, they are overflowing with . . . charm, and that’s so that they won’t seem to be unpleasant or despotic.”