Thursday, April 30, 2009

Group Think on Campus

Recently I posted "The Classroom without Reason." Articles such as this and many others may be found regularly on the National Association of Scholars website. I have been a member of NAS for several years. The resources of NAS are plentiful and useful. Below is another.

FIRE and ACTA recently created a short video, “Think What We Think...Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus,” to document the misdoings in the University of Delaware’s ideologically coercive residence life program. This is the first video documenting the Delaware “treatment” which NAS and FIRE successfully exposed in 2007 and 2008.

Appearing in interviews throughout the film are University of Delaware honors professor Jan Blits (president of the Delaware Association of Scholars), UD honors professor Linda Gottfredson (DAS secretary), FIRE’s Greg Lukianoff and Adam Kissel, and three UD students: Bill Rivers, Kelsey Lanan, and Alyssa Koser. At the end, Lukianoff pronounces, “You’ve just witnessed the most extensive and systematic attempt to mandate student belief that I’ve yet seen...In a free society, if you want to change people’s opinions, you need to rely on the power of your words and the persuasiveness of your arguments. In this case, the University relied instead on coercion, force, and threats.”


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