It’s not about left and right. It’s about searching for the truth of a matter.
If we can’t speak freely, then how can we question ideas to find the ones that stand on their own and identify those that are flawed?
And if we can’t discuss ideas in college, which are supposed to exist for the sole purpose of learning and knowledge, then we’re really in trouble.
Luckily, not every university has crumbled when students complain about a point of view that hurts their feelings.
Reason.com put together a list of 10 schools that not only allow free speech, but actively support bringing diverse views to campus. Some are state schools, others are private. And of course, the list includes the University of Chicago, which famously issued what are now known as The Chicago Principles, an outline of tenets of supporting free speech and respect for each other.
If you can’t handle the truth, then don’t show up. That sounds like a pretty good way to run a university.
The institutions include:
Arizona State University
Claremont McKenna College
Kansas State University
Linn-Benton Community College
St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe)
University of Chicago
University of Richmond