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.
Stanford University course to study ‘abolishing whiteness’
“Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices,” according to the course description, “including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity.”
In the Face of “Grotesque Falsehoods,” an Appropriate Response: Yuck!
In the summer 2017 issue of the magazine Modern Age, the English philosopher Roger Scruton takes scalpel, forceps, and vascular clamps—sans anesthesia—to the campus free speech issue, leaving the reader to exclaim, in spite of his surgical care: Yuck!
“Progressives” – So Eager to Impute Racism Where There is None
Whenever people don’t have good arguments on the merits, they turn to ad hominem attacks. That’s what we are seeing in the battle over racial preferences.
At UC Berkeley, Freedom of Speech Is a Security Risk
University of California, Berkley, once the home of the free speech movement, is now the home of censorship and suppression of diverse ideas. Its most recent tactic? Using “campus safety” as a smokescreen to hinder conservative thought from penetrating the university’s bubble.