I'm going to dip my toe into what may be a controversial topic, but let's do it anyway.
I recently read this case about a professor, John McAdams, at Marquette University who published the name of a teacher who made a comment to a student along the lines of 'if you don't support gay rights then maybe you should find a different class' (paraphrasing). His publishing of that teachers name sparked the usual internet deluge of emails and messages mostly of the hate/anger variety. Understandably that teacher was pissed and the college fired McAdams. McAdams won in the state Supreme Court that basically said that he shouldn't have been fired because publishing the teachers name wasn't against his contract with the school.
I don't want to talk specifically about that case, mostly because I think the teacher was a dick to do that to a colleague and I think he could have made his point without publishing her name. I think the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling was the correct one, however and some of the details could be found here:
I DO want to talk about the larger issue that McAdams wrote about. He wrote:
"How many students, especially in politically correct departments like Philosophy, simply stifle their disagreement, or worse yet get indoctrinated into the views of the instructor, since those are the only ideas allowed, and no alternative views are aired?"
I don't know how widespread this is on college campus' as I've been out of school for 18 years (I sound old) but I've been hearing too much about people being kicked off of campus' or not allowed to speak or riots breaking out if particular (mostly conservative) speakers are asked to speak, for this to not be an issue. And I'm sure that minority view points held by students are being stifled by fear a fear of public mocking (which I'm not suggesting is new or novel as it happens to everyone in all walks of life; people don't speak up all the time for fear of being wrong or sounding dumb); but I think it's different when teachers or educators do it.
1) I think this is wrong. I think students should be allowed to protest, but I think it's wrong that conservative students voices are being drowned out and the speakers they are inviting are not allowed to speak on campus
(while apparently more centrist or left leaning speakers ARE allowed).
2) Similar to #1 - Alternative voices (in this case conservative voices) should be allowed to speak and be discussed when and where appropriate
(note, for example: I don't believe that discussion creation in a molecular biology class to be appropriate -- but I do think a "creation-scientist" should be allowed to speak on campus at an event).
3) I think it's unfortunate that conservative students feel that their voices (and in essence, their ideas) are not welcome at college
...which I've always believed to be a place where ideas are to be shared and argued intelligently...not through coercion; and not silenced when all permits, etc have been acquired
4) I think the college should take an active stance in making sure that all of it's students are held to the same rules
and if conservative students want to have a speaker as disgusting as Milo Yiannopoulos come speak at their school, they should be allowed to do so and the school should provide a space for that. Here is an example of people who have been dis-invited from their speaking events.
5) The reasons many of these schools/students/professors seem to be giving have to do with political correctness
, which in many many forms I'm a huge fan of, but this seems to have gone a little far in my opinion.
I think that's enough from me for now, I'm looking forward to some of your thoughts on the 5 points that I think are most critical.