The politicization of academic life has made learning through debate impossible on most campuses (“How college students today go against everything universities stand for,” New York Post, Sep. 1). Speech codes are a one-way street, allowing only politically-correct ideas to be heard.
The most egregious example was Middlebury College. On Mar. 2, 2017, Charles Murray, who had been invited to speak, was unable to utter a word before nearly 400 students booed him off the stage claiming he was a bigot. Yet those responsible were given a mere slap on the wrist as punishment.
How do colleges and universities justify their existence under the present situation? I fail to understand how students are being truly educated if they are permitted to continue to intimidate the views of those who disagree with theirs. Yet most administrators are spineless, viewing students as customers who must not be offended.
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2 Replies to “Higher education is a travesty of learning”
Completely agree that Middlebury should have imposed much harsher punishment on the students who disrupted the Murray lecture. Hard to see what motivated the Middlebury administration to go so easy on the disrupters. Doubt that there was a credible concern that imposing harsher discipline on the disrupters would have triggered a campus-wide protest — seems likely that most Middlebury students (whatever they think of Murray) would have opposed disrupting the speech. And, would think that the majority of the Middlebury Board of Trustees — being older adult liberals — would have strongly opposed disrupting the speech.
Labor Lawyer: Middlebury may be the most egregious example, but other schools are not far behind. College is supposed to be where students are exposed to a variety of ideas. Not all of them are designed to make them feel comfortable. In fact, just the opposite is true. Yet in today’s climate it is almost impossible for unpopular views to be heard without intimidation.