TEACHING TYRANNY: College Students Warm to Totalitarianism

TEACHING TYRANNY: College Students Warm to Totalitarianism

TEACHING TYRANNY: College Students Warm to Totalitarianism

A remarkable number of college students in the U.S. don’t know what the 1st Amendment is. They see no problem with campus speech codes, enforced political correctness and punishment for those who speak words that offend.

Those findings, including the discovery that 76 percent of students want their professors to use trigger warnings, come out of a newly released national survey sponsored by Yale University’s William F. Buckley Jr. program.

The 2015 Buckley Free Speech Survey found a striking contrast between the proportion of students who said freedom of speech is vital and the proportion who nevertheless had no problem with restricting it.

“At first glance,” notes the Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), “some of the findings seem to bode well for campus free speech.” That includes the 95 percent of students who agreed that free speech “is important to them,” and the 87 percent who believe it’s important to be exposed to views they disagree with.

But it starts to go downhill from there. From FIRE’s summary:

  • Nearly one-third (32 percent) of students could not identify the First Amendment as the constitutional amendment that deals with free speech. 33 percent of those who correctly identified the First Amendment said that the First Amendment does not protect hate speech.
  • More than half (51 percent) of students are in favor of their college or university having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty
  • 72 percent of students said they support disciplinary action against “any student or faculty member on campus who uses language that is considered racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise offensive.”

 

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