We can’t argue that attaining a higher education can increase one’s opportunities economically and improve an individual’s overall quality of life. Yet while education supposedly fosters a better understanding of complex subjects, prepares students to think analytically, and to communicate more effectively; on many campuses, political bias is increasing polarization and decreasing civilized discourse.
||L to R: Yoram Solomon, Ph.D., Dennis McCuistion, Jim Falk, and Sheen S. Levine, Ph.D.
Joining Hosts, Jim Falk and Dennis McCuistion to discuss the pros and cons of bias, diversity, and free speech on campus are:
||Samantha Harris, Vice President for Procedural Affairs, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
Our team discusses the rise of bias on college campuses, leading to students structuring their test answers to model their professors’ political bent; the demise of free speech, and the overall lack of courage on the part of school administrators to speak up against increasing polarization.
Dr. Murray tells us about being physically attacked while attempting to deliver a lecture at Middlebury College … on many campuses today, “there is a totalitarian undertone that it is wrong to say things that go against what ‘we’ have decided is right.”
The overall consensus is that while schools should be the very place intellectual diversity and freedom of speech are encouraged; we are limiting what can be said, done, and taught lest we offend.
As one of our guests, Anthony T. Kronman, Ph.D., of Yale Law school reminds us, “an institution of higher education is one of the places where the question of what living is for can be pursued in an organized way”.
So- have universities lost their way?
Tune in to hear the perspectives discussed and make up your own mind- and better yet- decide what you can do to stop the closing of student’s minds.
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