Today I’ll be speaking at The Telegraph Festival of Education and I’ve noticed a theme in the many, many different sessions: how to deal with a new kind of censorship in (higher) education. If you want to know what I mean, this article in Fire that I found via Steven Pinker is a sad but clear example:
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) appears to have investigated two professors for asking students to simply consider all sides of the debate over today’s most controversial political and social issues. The investigations were prompted by student complaints made through UNC’s “Bias Response” system, which encourages students to file online reports of any “offensive classroom environment” to administrators, who may then intervene with the theoretically offending faculty.
So what was the terrifying fact that the professors did, they asked students to see more sides from a debate. To be more concrete:
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