It seems that not a day goes by without a new story involving the issue of free speech on college campuses. The fact that there are almost 2,500 four-year colleges and universities in the United States makes it easy for the media to cherrypick examples. But recent events at prominent schools such as Mizzou and Yale have pushed the issue to the forefront. And while many critics argue that there’s a growing animosity to free speech on campus, a new report by the Associated Press claims many college presidents are fighting to keep free speech alive and well.
“As a president, I think it’s pretty simple,” said Michael Roth, presient of Wesleyan University. “You want to keep the conversation going so that you can learn from other people’s views, but you also want to make sure you’re learning and not just spinning your wheels.”
Williams College President Adam Falk expressed similar views.
“I think that our students, probably more so than previous generations, come to college having been marinated in a media environment that does not foster productive conservation across disagreements,” Falk said. “That means it is even more important that colleges find ways to work with students to teach them that and to model that for them.”
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