Intellectual incest in higher education

Despite their rhetoric about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills, colleges and universities continue to engage in intellectual incest (“M.I.T.’s Choice of Lecturer Ignited Criticism. So Did Its Decision to Cancel,” The New York Times, Oct. 21). By doing so, they deprive students of an opportunity to achieve that goal.

The latest example involves M.I.T.’s decision to disinvite Dorian Abbot, whose sin was his insistence that people should be seen as individuals first, rather than as members of a group. That alone was enough to cancel him.  I say it’s impossible to develop critical thinking skills when diverse views are censored.  But is exactly what is happening in academia today.

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