Thursday, December 22, 2005
McElroy describes a couple of situations where FIRE helped students under pressure due to not politically correct opinions.
Mandatory diversity tests and training attempt to correct the unacceptable political views of students. The experience of Ed Swan, a self-described conservative Christian at Washington State's College of Education, offers an example.Please note that the issue is not whether of not Swan is correct but whether or not he has the right to express this opinion without reprisal.
Swan expressed the belief that white privilege and male privilege do not currently exist in our society. In 2004 he was given low scores on a "dispositions criteria" by which some universities rank the "social commitment" of students. The university threatened to disenroll Swan if he did not sign a contract that committed him to further political screening and re-orientation. Due to a letter from FIRE and a high-profile protest, the contract requirement was dropped.
If you or anyone you know are entering college or in college, get yourself a copy and read it. Freedom is more important than an education but both is best.
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