Today’s atmosphere of political correctness, trigger warnings, virtue signals and cancel culture has sadly mutated what was once the most exciting adventure young people could aspire to outside of a theme park pimped by a giant rodent. The University system that once was a refuge for classical liberals that ferociously defended civil liberties has been mutated by the “liberal progressives” seeking “social justice.
Where higher education once guarded free speech like a mama bear defending her cub, today we see a steady stream of remarkably anti-free speech policies trying to set roots and choke off the free expression of students and professors alike. They call this progress.
In years past, college selection was a process that parents and their soon to be high school graduate kids undertook with anxious excitement. Common criteria were location, tuition, scholarships, and quality of instruction. Kids looked ahead to college as a new adventure, possibly their first experience being away from home. Parents often found themselves in a swirl of emotion ranging from pride and joy, to anxiety about their kids college experience striking a balance between fun and educational, while also feeling trepidation about their students safety and well-being. Couple this with the completely understandable concerns about paying for it, and both parents and students alike found d themselves neck deep in a stressful situation.
Now, in the 21st century, progress has taken hold. And progress, they say, is a good thing. It’s necessary for the betterment of mankind. Oops. I meant to say “personkind”. Yes, our enumerated rights guaranteed by the Constitution weren’t enough, it seems, to ensure the appropriate level of equality or social justice, so the Progressives have been fighting hard to make college life “more equal.
Universities that once provided an education that prepared us for the world now must first cushion every corner, eliminate any possible situation where someone may be offended or feel “unsafe”. This has led us to a bizarro world where students must worry about every word uttered or written for fear of being brought on academic charges and expelled.
Now in addition to location, tuition or how good their math department is, parents need to also consider things like the schools policies on free speech and adherence to due process, should something come up and their child find themselves in trouble with the Dean.
This all sounds very grim. And it is, to be sure. Indoctrinating an entire generation of young people into a culture that suppresses expression and erodes civil rights dooms our Republic to a future where the norm is no longer to impinge on our rights, but to eliminate them without so much as an argument.
We do, however, have places we can turn to for help. thefire.org is one such organization. They have made it their mission to advocate for the protection of free speech on behalf of students and instructors. When colleges start clamping down on public speakers, or censoring the school paper, or instituting free speech codes, thefire.org steps in.
In recent years, thefire has expanded to include protection of due process. This is in response to so many incidents where based on little/no/flimsy evidence, an accused student is brought on charges and expelled with no semblance of a fair hearing.
The fire has always made their research, information, and school ratings data available to the public to make college selection less stressful and help students make informed choices about the school they choose.
Now, thefire.org has announced a new, and powerful tool to help even more with this process.
From their website:
Announcing the Campus Due Process Litigation Tracker!
This could prove to be an invaluable resource for anybody considering going to college.
The erosion of our rights is matter of serious concern. Our Constitution is under constant threat. Please don’t let complacency or over confidence in government fool you into letting our rights be stripped. Remember….those rights are there to protect us from the government. If we casually let them be eroded away, we will never get them back.
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