AAUP posits a binary choice: Either conservatives get equal rights or public education continues to be “empowered.” But we can’t have both. So, “empowerment” triumphs. Unless your opinions are deemed “right wing,” in which case, you’ll get neither empowerment nor free speech.

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

AAUP calls campus free speech bills a ‘right-wing’ conspiracy

(From campusreform.org): By Tory Airaksinen The American Association of University Professors, which has chapters on more than 500 campuses, is calling on its members to fight against legislation designed to protect free speech on college campuses. According to the AAUP, bills mandating penalties for infringing on free speech or forbidding the cancellation of controversial speakers are […]

Students Get ‘Too Little’ Civics Teaching, Principals Say

(From edweek.org): By Alyson Klein More than half of principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders say schools don’t focus enough on civics, according to a nationally representative survey by the Education Week Research Center.   CONTINUE READING HERE

Educating the Educators: States Take The Lead On Restoring Free Speech On Campus

(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay If some public universities have lost sight of the fact that freedom of speech is essential to both education and American democracy, the American people are fortunate that a growing number of state legislatures have not. Several weeks ago, Louisiana Governor John Edwards signed SB 364, a bill crafted to restore […]

A day of reckoning for the left on free speech on campus

The free-speech-on-campus wars of the 21st century are causing those on both sides of the political divide to do some soul-searching about the meaning of free expression. As this blog has thoroughly covered, there is movement afoot to protect faculty and students on the right and left of ideological debates through state legislation. Yet recent […]

UMich caves after DOJ calls speech policies ‘unconstitutional’

(From campusreform.org): By Grace Gottschling The University of Michigan revised its policies to “add additional safeguards for free speech” Monday, the same day that the Department of Justice endorsed a First Amendment lawsuit against the school. UM had repeatedly insisted that both the original lawsuit and the DOJ’s assessment of the case misinterpreted its policies, but […]