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Sheriff's 'Politically Incorrect' Sign Is Soooo Hip And Edgy

Associated Press | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.26.2015 | Weird News

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Choose to Be Civil

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

A good discussion teaches both sides something, and it may change a mind or two. But the important point is, the more we listen and talk to -- not at -- each other, the more likely we are to understand each other.

Colleges to Replace History With Soothing Images of Sunsets and Waterfalls

Spencer Green | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.

Two Ideals of College: What Yale Can Teach Us

David McCabe | Posted 11.21.2015 | College
David McCabe

Students' claims here not only point to an urgent and wholly reasonable need, but also implicitly invoke Yale's own policies, which describe college masters as entrusted with their students' "physical well being and safety" and with overseeing each college's "social, cultural, and educational life and character."

Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, and the Battles We Choose to Fight

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

I don't really care one way or the other whether Princeton erases Woodrow Wilson from its history - except to the extent that such an action would inevitably invite an endless array of similar claims that would both fundamentally distort the realities of our history and distract attention from the real issues of deeply-rooted injustice in our contemporary society that we need to take seriously today.

College Students Need Lessons in Tolerance and Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Today's students' equating of hurt feelings with scarring wounds is a departure that leads to dangerous overreaction. When unwelcome ideas are decried in the language of pain and injury, the impulse to suppress them -- rather than to challenge and debate them -- can be irresistible.

Safe From Salaita at Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 11.17.2015 | College
David Moshman

Here's some advice for students who value intellectual safety over intellectual freedom: Check out the University of Illinois, which over the past 15 months has spent over two million dollars to keep the innocent young minds of its students safe from the "anti-Semitic" ideas and "uncivil" expression of Steven Salaita.

The Free Speech Debate Ignores the Experience of Marginalized Groups

Laura Beth Nielsen | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Laura Beth Nielsen

Instead of screaming about who is or is not being allowed to speak, America needs to take the time to listen to those who are bravely advocating for equality on college campuses. We are simply asking that America live up to a promise it made to white women and people of color long ago but has not yet fulfilled.

How Progressives Aid Conservatives in Suppressing Campus Free Speech

Terry Smith | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Terry Smith

Liberals may have won the professoriate, but conservative doctrine, if not the conservative movement, has found powerful allies among university administrators, board members, donors, and not least of all, the courts.

The Real Battle on Racism on College Campuses

Brian Cheung | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Brian Cheung

At both Yale University and the University of Missouri, the argument lies not in the fact that people should stop being racist, but that the schools' administrations should have done more to control racism.

Tips For Writing Your Yale College Application Personal Essay

Spencer Green | Posted 11.11.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Across the country, high school students are feverishly working on their college applications and today, more than ever, the personal essay is the one element that can sway an admissions board. Below are some valuable tips and essay examples for anyone with hopes of getting into Yale University.

Liberals Should Be Deeply Disturbed By Political Correctness Craze Sweeping College Campuses

The Good Men Project | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
The Good Men Project

This trend of catastrophization is so dangerous -- instead of spreading awareness of racial, gender and economic inequality, it shifts the focus toward policing speech and shaming perceived transgressors. As liberals, we need to remember is that this behavior violates two fundamental assumptions of our ideology.

Understanding The Free Speech Issues At Missouri And Yale

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Universities have a deep obligation to protect and preserve the freedom of expression. That is, most fundamentally, at the very core of what makes a university a university. This has not always been true.

Yale Admins' Words On Offensive Halloween Costumes Spark Protest

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.07.2015 | College

Some Yale University students are protesting two faculty members who criticized a campus-wide email about potentially offensive Halloween costumes. A ...

Is Mark Zuckerberg Chasing the Wrong India?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

It is not the age that makes Zuckerberg and Modi incompatible friends. It is in fact their divergent world vision that will ultimately clash and hamper a great friendship between the two in the long run.

Free Speech Not Always 'Unwelcome' on Campus

Jane Swift | Posted 11.02.2015 | College
Jane Swift

For the ninth year in a row, I will serve as a Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams, teaching a seminar course called Political Leadership. As a former Republican Governor, my mere presence at Williams should be controversial, at least according to common wisdom.

Bangladesh: Please Stop It

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Emboldened by the government's lack of action, the extremists will eventually expand their attacks on liberal politicians, journalists, writers and anyone who disagrees with their views and approach.

Listen and Learn

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

Real learning happens when we allow the free flow of ideas -- all ideas, not just those with which we agree. Listening to the viewpoints of others is the way we open our minds, challenge preconceived notions and learn about the world.

Verizon's Twisted Plan to Censor Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The framers of the Constitution couldn't have foreseen a time in which technology allowed more than 2.7 billion people to communicate worldwide via interconnected digital platforms. This exponential growth of speech is without precedent -- and it requires us to be clear on who the real speakers are.

Biggest Threat to Free Speech Not on College Campuses

Michael Roth | Posted 10.26.2015 | College
Michael Roth

We must not protect ourselves from disagreement; we must be open to being offended for the sake of learning, and we must be ready to give offense so as to create new opportunities for thinking.

More Than What Is: What Ought to Be

Cheryl I. Harris | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl I. Harris

Balancing the guarantee of freedom of expression with the right to be free of racist oppression underlies this dispute and illustrates why the debate over the students' conduct must go beyond the question of what the law is, and consider the question of what the law should be.

Student Newspaper Is Sorry For Op-Ed Claiming Native Americans Should Be Thankful

AP | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.07.2015 | College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Brown University campus newspaper apologized Wednesday after publishing what it says were two "deeply hurtful" and racis...

Student Describes Backlash For Op-Ed Criticizing Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.07.2015 | College

Wesleyan University sophomore Bryan Stascavage sparked controversy when he penned an opinion piece questioning the Black Lives Matter moveme...

Climate-Denying Rep. Wants To Investigate Scientists For Requesting A Probe Of Climate Deniers

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

Republicans love to reference the Constitution. But when it comes to climate science, one GOP congressman is flirting with disregard for the Fir...

Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.