Diversity in higher education is Tan obsession that exists on nearly all colleges and universities (“The Downside of Diversity,” The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3). The trouble is that it applies only to race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation – rather than to ideas.
Yet the latter is supposed to be the No. 1 reason that students pursue tertiary education in the first place. As things stand, they are being shortchanged. One of the reasons is the existence of tenure. It’s rare that it is given to those who break with prevailing dogma. As a result, students in turn are not exposed to divergent ideas. Speakers who hold unpopular views are either disinvited or booed.
The pursuit of truth on college campuses used to be taken for granted decades ago. But today, students and teachers who express ideas that run counter to what the majority believe pay a heavy price. I question if critical thinking skills can ever be developed under the circumstances.
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