Robert Boyers, an English professor at Skidmore College, wrote a wonderful article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education on the necessity of intellectual diversity for a thriving campus environment and the great dangers of intellectual conformity.
Boyers begins by pointing out that, while most faculty will promptly agree with the sentiments expressed in … Keep Reading
What a pleasure it was to learn a few weeks ago that students at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, had taken the lead on their campus in endorsing the Chicago Statement on Freedom of Expression and calling for the faculty and administration of their school to incorporate its principles into … Keep Reading
Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, wrote an essay this week announcing the 10 American campuses that FIRE considers to be the “worst of the worst” for freedom of speech.
According to Lukianoff,
…92 percent of American colleges still maintain speech codes that either clearly restrict—or could … Keep Reading
Administrators at Michigan State University have banned the use of whiteboards on dorm room doors beginning next fall. This decision follows upon “several” incidents in which racist, sexist, or otherwise objectionable messages have been written on students’ whiteboards.
According to Kat Cooper, director of university residential services communications, speaking to the … Keep Reading
As recently reported in the New York Times, a recent Knight Foundation survey of nearly 12,000 high school students has found that such students’ support for the First Amendment’s free speech protections is “stronger today than it has been in the last 12 years.”
As far as it goes, this is … Keep Reading
This essay was originally published in the Washington Times.
The First Amendment is first, not simply because it falls at the beginning of a list of amendments, but because it articulates the first freedom and the nature of that freedom. It guarantees the freedom essential to humans as rational beings.
By connecting the freedom of … Keep Reading
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has released an enlightening and troubling new report on the growing prevalence of bias response teams in higher education.
Students at Capital University in Columbus, OH have successfully passed a resolution endorsing the Chicago Statement on Free Expression. The resolution was proposed by two student senators, who are also involved in the school’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) student group, and was passed with the unanimous consent of the … Keep Reading
Campus protests have been much in the news over the last week given the events at the University of California-Berkeley, where fires were set and windows broken in an ultimately successful attempt to shut down a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart editor and provocateur.
While the Berkeley administration had declined … Keep Reading