What purports to be academic freedom in higher education is nothing of the sort. That’s why I hope the newly-formed Alumni Free Speech Alliance, which is composed of five alumni groups across the country, is successful. Its goal is to protect the rights of faculty and students across the ideological spectrum.
As things stand now, indoctrination, rather than education, characterizes colleges and universities. More than 80 percent of students say they self-censor their views. I can understand their reluctance to speak out. Who wants to be attacked by one’s peers and teachers for not toeing the party line?
Yet, I remain extremely skeptical about the new alliance’s chances to make substantive changes. The forces of intolerance are simply too entrenched and powerful.
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