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.
Leftist Professors: We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us
Relativism was supposed to make all tolerant of all opinions. Instead, it has provided intolerance a license to bully.
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.
Columbia Multicultural Advisors: Put Trigger Warning on Ovid’s Metamorphoses
The Trigger Warning Warriors . . . likely consider themselves immune to criticism. In fact, in their minds criticism of their Trigger Warning and re-education demands likely reinforces their view that the Western classics are oppressive.
Is a “bias incident reporting” system any better than a speech code?
Colorado’s Bias Incident Reporting system will become a wet blanket thrown over free speech on campus. Eventually, it will probably be challenged on First Amendment grounds, but even if it falls, look for the people on campus who really believe that speech should be controlled rather than free to come up with something else.