Category Archives: Colleges acting badly

Play-Doh, coloring books and puppies: colleges coddle students during finals week

I may sound grinch-y here; I already know it and so you needn’t repeat it below. Why, as one of my friends put it, do I have “Mr. Grump in my tummy” this fine afternoon? Because the fragility of college students, as described by Lukianoff and Haidt in The Coddling of the American Mind, has […]

A new FIRE survey on freedom of speech in American colleges: mostly good news

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has a new report on speech codes on American campuses, highlighting the changes over the last few years (click on screenshot below to see it). The arc of free speech is bending in the right direction! In this year’s survey, FIRE looked at the speech policies of […]

Evergreen State flaunts its virtue once again by policing language

UPDATE: According to reader Benjamin (see comments below), the motion didn’t come up for a vote, contrary to what some websites say. This may have been due to public pressure/embarrassment. ________ This time it’s the word “covenant”, which apparently conjures up—for some of the Outrage Brigade—images of “cultural genocide”, the European-settler elimination, oppression, and ill […]

UC Berkeley loses lawsuit over its policy of charging right-wing groups more money for security

According to the Daily Californian and the Los Angeles Times, the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) has just settled a free-speech lawsuit involving discrimination against student groups that brought in conservative speakers. Click on screenshot below to see the Daily Cal piece (that’s the UCB student paper): The first speakers at issue were Ann Coulter, […]

Rutgers pretends it didn’t deplatform a journalist accused of “Isamophobia”, but says it was a “postponement” and yay for free speech

Lisa Daftari is a journalist who is a Jew of Iranian descent, and, well, I’ll give the Wikipedia data to show she’s a credible person to speak at a university: Lisa Daftari is an investigative journalist focusing on foreign affairs with a focus on the Middle East and counterterrorism. She regularly appears on television and radio with […]

Rutgers cancels free-speech lecture because of “Islamophobia”

Rutgers, a high-quality university in New Jersey, is proving itself to be one of the more censorious and Authoritarian Leftist campuses in America. Now it’s canceled yet another speech by someone who might have offended the campus community, Lisa Daftari. Click on the screenshot to read the story from Mediaite, which I think leans toward […]

Kerfuffle continues about professor who wouldn’t write a recommendation for a student to study in Israel

I’ve written earlier about University of Michigan faculty member John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor of American Culture who refused to write a letter of recommendation for an undergraduate who wanted to study in Israel. (To be precise, he first agreed but then reneged when he found the letter was for an Israeli program. Cheney-Lippold is […]

Michigan professor rescinds offer to write student a letter of recommendation—after he discovers it was for study in Israel

This is the equivalent of deplatforming a speaker after he or she has been invited to speak. In fact, it’s worse, for it involves impeding a student’s career because of an associate professor’s ideological stand.  The professor is in cultural studies (of course), John Cheney-Lippold in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. […]

Enrollment at The Evergreen State College reported to drop 50%

It’s now been about sixteen months since all the fracas happened at The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Washington State, beginning with biology professor Bret Weinstein refusing to leave campus on the “Day of Absence,” and the students calling him (and his wife, biology professor Heather Heying) racists, despite the pair’s history of anti-racist work. The […]

New book by Lukianoff and Haidt on the fragility of the young

Cooling my heels at the airport, I call your attention to a new book by Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University. The book: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up […]