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

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.

Colleges Should Renew Their Commitment to Academic Freedom

Let’s push to have universities adopt the Chicago/Princeton policy nationwide. Ask schools to reiterate in no uncertain terms a dedication to the principle that universities and colleges are marketplaces for ideas, and that attempts to suppress expression of free speech are not to be tolerated.

Conference to Address the Attack on the Study of Western Civilization

“The very term ‘Western civilization’” notes the great American social critic Christopher Lasch in a Harper’s essay from November 1994, “now calls to mind an organized system of domination designed . . . to keep the victims of patriarchal oppression – women, children, homosexuals, people of color – in a permanent state of subjugation.”

The Campus Assault on ‘Privilege’

If we’re concerned about how to raise ourselves up, the first step is to stop complaining about the privileges others have provided for their children. Instead . . . teach the next generation to take those advantages and do even better.

Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

Praising Chicago’s example, Purdue President Mitch Daniels laid out the stakes in a telephone interview: “If universities want to embarrass themselves with their behavior, allowing people to be shouted down or disinvited, that’s their problem.

A liberal calls out intolerant leftists who smother free speech on campus

From their silent role models on the faculty and in university leadership, students learn that silencing works. The mob learns that colleges like Brandeis, which disinvited women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali from campus due to intolerant complaints about her activism, will succumb to criticism rather than defend freedom.