Our own Hank Reichman (click here to see a list of his posts) has contributed to a New York Times opinion section “Room for Debate” spread, “Tongue-Tied on Campus.” Not only is he an important contributor to this blog but Reichman is the AAUP’s first vice president and chairman of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. His most recent post addresses ‘administrative bloat’ in American universities and he has been especially important in bringing attention to the accreditation issues of the City College of San Francisco. In the Times, he writes that:
we should be encouraged that students are engaged and eager to advocate their own views and not just passively accept choices imposed by others. Protest, after all, is a vital element of the very democracy that our higher education system seeks to nurture.
He continues, stating that graver threats to higher education:
include imposition of dumbed-down cookie-cutter curricula, overemphasis on vocational education at the expense of the liberal arts, overreliance on adjunct faculty with increasingly restricted academic freedom, administrative bloat, ballooning student debt, and prolonged reductions in state support.
Read the whole thing. It’s short but straight to the point. Then join in the Times discussion of the issue of if, when, and where speech should be restricted.