Skip to navigationSkip to content

Analysis | The ‘campus free speech crisis’ is a myth. Here are the facts.

By Washington Post

Today's students aren't looking for emotionally “safe spacesRead full story

Comments

  • Also share to
  • Jeremy Gerard
    Jeremy GerardJournalist

    Great Pick and important story that illuminates the danger of what we call the “preferred narrative” — in this case the right-wing charge, now accepted as conventional wisdom, that liberals are quick to silence speech that doesn’t conform to left-wing orthodoxies.

  • As a college professor, I don't see students wanting to be comfortable or complacent about their intellectual lives. This is a strawman belied by the strategic and rhetorically powerful activism of this generation of students. Read this article and circulate it!

  • Vidya S.
    Vidya S.

    So much this. I am tired of the “intolerant left” narrative and everyone - on both sides! - lamenting the lack of free speech on college campuses.

  • Peter Robinson
    Peter RobinsonResearch fellow at Stanford University

    Entirely beside the point. The real question, to address the first finding, isn't what "young people in general" think or don't think, but--and this, of course, is the entire point of free speech--what *minority* opinion finds itself facing. If you care to experience the chilling effect of political correctness, just try opposing abortion on one or another hip modern campus. For a far more searching and useful examination of the problem, take a look at "Campus Speech in Crisis: What the Yale Experience

    Entirely beside the point. The real question, to address the first finding, isn't what "young people in general" think or don't think, but--and this, of course, is the entire point of free speech--what *minority* opinion finds itself facing. If you care to experience the chilling effect of political correctness, just try opposing abortion on one or another hip modern campus. For a far more searching and useful examination of the problem, take a look at "Campus Speech in Crisis: What the Yale Experience Can Teach America." As George Will writes in his preface, "Never in American history has the freedom to speak been under such radical, comprehensive, and sustained attack."

  • Are there anecdotal examples of college students behaving like college students? Yes. Is there a crisis of any kind? No. Does nattering on about such a “crisis” serve the purposes of certain parties? You bet.

Want more conversations like this?

Join the Quartz community for all the intelligence, without the noise.

App Store BadgeGoogle Play Badge
Leaderboard Screenshot

A community of leaders, subject matter experts, and curious minds bringing nuance back to how we talk about the news.

Editors' Picks Screenshot

No content overload: our editors will curate the most notable and discussion-worthy pieces for you every day.

Share Screenshot

Don’t just read the story, tell it: contribute your ideas and experience to the dialogue.