‘F— the law!’ –Law Students Beclown Themselves with Their Protest of Visiting Speaker
We have gotten used to nasty protests by undergraduates who think they’re doing something virtuous by refusing to listen to (and often preventing others from listening to) speakers whom they call “racist” or “fascist.”
History is Repeating Itself on Our College Campuses
Intellectuals have long had a fascination with totalitarian systems. That was true in the 1930s, as Professor Andrew Bachevich reminds us in his recent essay “American Stalinism Then and Now.” Over the last 80 years, little has changed with our intelligentsia.
The ‘Confucius Institutes’ Are Problematic – But How To Deal With Them?
One telling example of the way the Confucius Institutes try to slant perceptions and block criticism was the demand made by North Carolina State’s Institute in 2009 that the university rescind the invitation to the Dalai Lama to speak on campus.
This Professor Will Get His Day In Court After University Punishes Him For Free Speech
Can a professor speak out against one of the ingrained beliefs of the higher education system without facing retaliation?
The Best Way to Get Rid of Campus Free Speech Zones
Public colleges and universities are constrained by the First Amendment. Their officials are not allowed to impinge upon the freedom of speech unless they have a compelling reason for doing so.
Does It Make Sense to Force High School Students to Apply to College?
The idea that college after high school should be the norm is now so entrenched that one state (New Mexico) is considering a bill that would force high school juniors to apply to college.
This Student Knows the Difference Between Courses that Teach and Courses that Preach
“A Tale of Two Columbia Classes,” written by undergrad Coleman Hughes, compares two philosophy classes he took in his second year: “Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought” and “Philosophy and Feminism.”
The Silencing of John McAdams
John McAdams, a long-serving, tenured faculty member at Marquette University was fired because of a blog post in which he criticized a young colleague for the way she responded to a student who had asked why, in her course on contemporary ethical issues, they wouldn’t take up same-sex marriage.
The Furor Over Student Loan Forgiveness
Once again, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has kicked the hornet’s nest, this time by changing the rules for deciding if a student will be relieved of his or her obligation to repay federal college loans.
This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn
The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.