Time to Follow the “Chicago Way” on Free Speech in Higher Education?

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(from Forbes.com):

By Thomas Lindsay

As the presidential primary season gathers steam, presidential hopefuls in both parties are pitching voters on a number of proposals designed to arrest tuition hyperinflation and its accompanying, crushing student-loan debt. But barely a mention has been made of the most frightening crisis that American higher education faces—the assault on free speech and debate. Both parties have, up until now, missed the opportunity to challenge our nation’s universities to adopt the “Chicago Way.”

Let me be clear: I am not pointing to this Chicago Way, and certainly not to this one. I refer instead to what has come to be known as the “Chicago Principles,” as in the University of Chicago, which recently reaffirmed its commitment to free speech and debate “in light of recent events nationwide that have tested institutional commitments to free and open discourse.” The Chicago Principles champion “the University’s overarching commitment to free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation among all members of the University’s community.” CONTINUE READING HERE

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