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Free Speech on Campus

I have always been a proponent of free thinking, especially when it comes to the concept of higher education. Although we all have certain ideological polarizations, a healthy attitude for approaching college might well be something like, “I know what I like and believe, but I am certainly willing to keep an open mind and entertain new concepts and ideas. However, I reserve the right to reject those that don't expand or sit in harmony with my personal orientation."

All that could be boiled down into just maintaining a reasonably open mind. Apparently, in some corners of the Ivy Tower world, that's becoming more difficult. I say this because of a news item I stumbled upon yesterday concerning the University of Michigan, one of America's more prestigious (whatever that means) public universities. Here's the headline:

Public university spends $16K on campaign to warn students to watch what they say

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