FIRE’s Peter Bonilla has a piece over at PolicyMic discussing the recent firing of The Chronicle of Higher Education blogger Naomi Schaefer Riley. Riley inspired controversy with her contention that a selection of Ph.D. dissertations in black studies indicated that the discipline was not up to general academic standards. Describing the way academia all too often handles dissent, Peter has this to say:
The many who supported Riley’s firing may think we’ve all been done a favor by taking away one of Riley’s forums. We haven’t. By granting the protesters’ wishes, the Chronicle has condescended to its readers and, for our college students, watered that weed of a notion that we should never have to confront ideas we dislike.
Check it out!