The one place where free speech is supposed to flourish is the college campus. Yet sadly it has become almost impossible for those with unpopular views to be heard because of various restrictions. That’s why withholding federal funds from institutions of higher learning who violate free speech is long overdue (“Students, taxpayers should cheer Trump’s bid to stop campus censorship,” New York Post, Mar. 7).
According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, more than 90 percent of colleges and universities restrict speech. They do so by imposing speech codes, empowering bias squads and the like. College once was where young people went to be exposed to new ideas that forced them to develop critical thinking. That’s no longer the case. Not only are speakers shouted down, but they are also physically attacked.
Free inquiry also is limited among faculty. Despite the existence of tenure, professors are reluctant to pursue research into taboo subjects out of fear of retaliation. If that is the case, what is the justification in the first place? I submit that what constitutes a college education today is a travesty.
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