Free Speech in Higher Education

Submitted by ub on Sun, 01/29/2023 - 12:19

Higher education’s principal role is “the discovery, improvement, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge by means of research, teaching, discussion, and debate” (Kurtz et al.,2017). 

According to Kors and Silverglate (1999), higher education should be a sanctuary from those who seek control over thoughts, as the purpose of free speech is to accomplish a“reasoned search for truth” (p.3, 51). Baker (1953), in quoting Thomas Jefferson’s dedication to the University of Virginia when he wrote “that of an institution…

based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind…(and) not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error, so long as reason is left free to combat it.” 

MacDonald (2019) used the following to describe the purpose of higher education.“Universities should be the place where students encounter the greatest works of mankind and learn what makes them touchstones of human experience. History should convey the hard work it took over the centuries to carve stability and prosperity out of violence, tyranny, and corruption. Instead, victim ideology encourages ignorant young adults to hate the monuments of Western civilization without even bothering to study them”

By Taylor Overbey…