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 […]
Compare the Goals of English Classes in 1912 to Today’s if You Want to Understand Why Literacy Is Plummeting
(From intellectualtakeout.org): By Annie Holmquist I recently spent an evening with a group of college students. Like most young people their age, they were engaged in their studies and eager to share about semesters spent abroad and future plans. But then the topic changed. Instead of talking about pop culture or other common subjects, these young […]
Disruption Of Nikki Haley Speech At UH: Freedom Of Expression?
(From The Jewish Herald-Voice: jhvonline.com) By Aaron Howard When U.S. Amb. to the U.N. Nikki Haley was invited to speak by the University of Houston, she was to speak to students about leadership and global challenges, and then take part in a Q&A session. On May 22, Haley opened with Hurricane Harvey and Santa Fe, Texas, […]
The Cost of Appeasing the “Progressives” – One University’s Struggle
(By George Leef) With the evident failure of their big policy moves to transform America into a collectivist, egalitarian land (such as Obamacare, fair housing regulations, high minimum wages and so on), “progressives” have retreated into complaints about symbolism. Flags, statues, names on buildings, and the like have taken center stage in the leftist campaign […]
Profs claim Evergreen State report whitewashed campus meltdown
(From CampusReform.org): By Adam Sabes Evergreen State College released a 38-page report on the wave of protests that engulfed campus last spring, but several professors and a former administrator say the report was manipulated to portray the school in a better light. The commission that produced the report was handpicked by college President George Bridges, and […]
To Punish Disrupters, Or Not? New Recommendations To Restore Free Speech On Campus
(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay Just how bad is the state of free speech and debate on America’s campuses? In March 2018, Gallup/Knight looked to answer this question through conducting a survey of more than 3,000 college students. The results are frightening: The survey reveals that 61 percent of American college students find that their school prevents […]
The Punishment Problem
By Mark Bauerlein Why don’t administrators punish students when they disrupt lectures and classes? That question underlies what happened this month in Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a campus free speech bill that sets rules for all the public colleges and universities in the state. Stanley Kurtz’s account of the action is here. […]
What can we actually do about the Fresno State University professor? Nothing, except . . .
(By Ron Trowbridge): Most of the country is infuriated by Fresno State professor of English Randa Jarrar for celebrating the death of Barbara Bush and calling her a “racist” and “witch.” What officially can be done about it? Nothing. Supreme Court rulings have protected her First Amendment right to be obnoxious and hurtful. Justice Antonin […]
Stanley Kurtz and Tom Lindsay interviewed on the Campus Free-Speech Crisis
Listen to the podcast here.
Challenging the ‘Bias Response Teams’ at the University of Michigan
In the potpourri of college censorship that poisons free speech on campus, some ingredients have innocuous titles: Free Speech Zones, Safe Spaces, and Bias Response Teams. None of these elements are what they purport to be, nor do they promote free expression. Free Speech Zones limit where and when students can demonstrate or distribute literature. […]