Universities around the world are supposed to be sources of knowledge and learning. Every year, millions of students arrive on campuses to receive a quality education, but unfortunately, many of these institutions are going astray. Millions of students are having their free speech limited by their schools and other students are actively working to keep their students from speaking out. Colleges have no idea how to react to this situation, and many of them are choosing to give into the demands of their loudest students. This is causing a major crisis across the many institutions of the United States.
Many major thinkers have chosen to ignore this problem, but conservative and moderate people around the world know that they should not avoid this situation. They know that America was founded on the ideal of freely sharing thoughts with each other, and if universities continue to stifle free speech, then the foundation of the country is at risk.
Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch are some of the most powerful men in the Republican party. Bloomberg was mayor of New York for many years, while Charles Koch is a highly influential financier. They are filled with concern over the movement to remove controversial ideas from college campuses. They decided to write an op-ed to warn universities of the dangers of this movement. In the op-ed they mention several elements of this dangerous trend. Several universities have instituted safe spaces, trigger warnings, and speech codes on their campuses as a way to protect sensitive minds. Other campuses have stopped inviting controversial speakers. All of this is done to protect people, but Koch and Bloomberg argue that these movements are actually harming students.
College should educate students, and it cannot do so by constantly reaffirming student’s beliefs. Students need to have their ideas challenged, and challenge the ideas of others. If this does not happen, then students will not learn and grow.
Colleges need to start challenging people’s beliefs if students are going to grow.
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