By Thomas K. Lindsay
Back when universities taught serious academic subjects, students likely learned Alexander Pope’s famous phrase: “damn with faint praise.” Damning with faint praise means “to praise something or someone in such a weak way that it is obvious you do not really admire them”—quite the opposite, in fact. If students no longer are taught this in class, those attending any of the ten academic campuses in the University of California (UC) System were treated recently to a real-life example of faint praise by the System’s president, Janet Napolitano.
The UC CEO penned a piece in the Boston Globe titled, “It’s time to free speech on campus again.” I was encouraged on seeing this title. Having praised the University of Chicago’s defense of free speech on campus, I thought the University of California was offering its support. I thought that this might signal the beginning of the restoration of free speech—and with it, of learning—on America’s increasingly politicized, repressive college campuses.
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