This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn
The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.
Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee
I recently attended a panel discussion at my alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. The topic was “Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?”
The Surprising Revolt at the Most Liberal College in the Country
Activists are disrupting lectures to protest “white supremacy,” but many students are taking steps to stop them.
Colleges Should Expel Serially Violent Protesters
If anybody can come up with a better way to tackle this problem of sustained disruption and violence, please do let us hear it.
The shrinking marketplace for ideas
State Rep. Briscoe Cain’s interrupted appearance at Texas Southern University is just the latest instance of a speaker being turned away from a college campus — a space that is supposed to be a shrine for competing ideas.
Hitting ‘Em Where It Hurts – the Pocketbook
Despite all the grumbling, Americans keep donating huge amounts of money to their schools. They admit that they are deeply dissatisfied, but still write hefty annual checks to help support their alma mater. It’s like smoking—a bad habit that many simply can’t break.
Dear Colleague: It’s over! Education Department rescinds controversial 2011 letter
A study released by FIRE earlier this month found that college students are routinely denied even the most basic elements of a fair hearing.
The Left in the Universities
There is a book coming out that everyone interested in campus politics should read. It is a refresher course in the recent past, years 1998-2010, well before the current protests and disinvitations and riots broke out, though it foreshadows everything that has happened since.
A Roadmap for Defending Free Speech: After Backlash, SMU Restores 9/11 Memorial
A few days after the governor sent his admonition, SMU announced that it had reversed its prior decision, and would now restore the 9/11 Memorial and “all displays to the traditional location on the lawn.”
Kansas State University adopts free speech statement
The university’s statement further provides that freedom of speech is “one of our most cherished rights, protected by the United States Constitution.