Free Speech and Higher Education

I’m a poor choice to write on the implications of free speech at colleges and universities.  Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees were earned at military schools, and I didn’t get onto a “real” college campus until age 57, when I retrained for my teaching license.

But I do know that colleges have become coveted high ground in the current ideological wars.  This is demonstrated on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” broadcast of  May 4, 2018.  The program’s title is “My Effing First Amendment” and it shows what can happen when political views clash.  If you’re really interested in this subject, I’d encourage you to listen to the podcast at (the photo is from that site).  I’ll give you a hint — it would be very difficult for me to describe.

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