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

Federal Rules Run Afoul of First Amendment

I’m going to focus on the last consequence—the way federal intervention in higher education has empowered bureaucrats to whittle away at free speech on (and even off) campus.

Congress vs. Campus Speech Restrictions

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, recently sent a pointed letter to 162 public colleges and universities whose policies fail to ensure the First Amendment rights of their professors and students.

Will Americans Be Better Off If They Use “Bias-Free Language”?

The people who spent their time coming up with the Guide did nothing to help educate any student. If anything, their infatuation with revising English so that everyone feels included and is never assailed by linguistic microaggressions gets in the way of clear writing and thinking.

Ironic Case in Point on Tenure

A lot of the University of Wisconsin professoriate is outraged that Republican governor – and presidential candidate – Scott Walker has worked to end tenure built into state law. One aggrieved professor who has attracted a lot of attention is Sara Goldrick-Rab, who recently likened Walker to Hitler

Critical Thinking, or the “Expectation of Confirmation?”

We hear again and again from college leaders that they want students to learn “critical thinking skills,” but evidence keeps mounting that the exact opposite is happening—that many students are learning how to make life miserable for those who dare to disagree with them.

Campus Cannibals?: A Student’s Take on Political Correctness

No one, whatever his/her identity, has a monopoly on truth. This idea is central to the Enlightenment and to American democracy, and it is profoundly threatened by a leftist ideology that elevates identity over ideas. The end of free speech on campus may just be the beginning.