Abandoning a World of Ideas

June 1, 2014

By Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff at The Augusta Chronicle

College is supposed to open one’s mind to a world of ideas.

So why are so many college students so closed-minded? And why are their colleges bowing to their demands to silence those with whom they disagree?

It has become far too commonplace these days for college speakers, particularly at commencement time, to be disinvited – or discouraged enough to withdraw – after student protests against them.

This year the list includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali; and Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund’s managing director.

And let’s be real: The list of the disinvited doesn’t include those “controversial” commencement speakers who are never invited, for fear of such a backlash.

Of course, they can invite and disinvite whomever they please; that’s not the issue. The issue is that a minority of students are shutting themselves and their classmates off from a world of ideas. And they are hurting the cause of free speech for everyone...

Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers