69 million page views

Academic Institutions are not Ideology-Free

Reader comment on item: The Rot in Our [Canadian] Universities

Submitted by Susan Bradford (United States), Jan 31, 2003 at 10:45

The Constitution of the U.S. guarantees freedom of speech. However, there are limits on that freedom in theory and practice. One's freedom ends when it infringes on the rights of another -- for example, one cannot falsely yell "fire" in a crowded theatre which results in potential death to those caught in the ensuing stampede.

Universities are, in an ideal sense, bastions of knowledge and should support the free exchange of knowledge and ideas. However, this is not the case in practice. Like any organization, there is a political structure in place, and often those in power who support one ideological leaning try to silence those of another ideological leaning. Often academic departments are dependent on outside or government grants, which they receive in part due to their ability to support the objectives of their sponsors. Many universities in America have been deemed liberal and progressive, with colleges, like Hillsadale, which do not receive government money, trying to offer a conservative alternative.

While freedom of speech should be supported in the academic environment of universities, the individuals involved should aim for intelligent, reasoned exchanges, rather than resort to impassioned rhetoric, steeped in prejudice which just fuel polarization, hatred and misunderstandings between people.
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Academic Institutions are not Ideology-Free by Susan Bradford

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)