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Speaking Freely: What Students Think About Self-Expression at American Colleges

ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,610 Senior Member
A new survey by FIRE investigates what students think about self-expression on campus.

A new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education finds a majority of students on college campuses self-censor in class, support disinviting some guest speakers with whom they disagree, and don’t know that hate speech is protected by the First Amendment.

The complete survey is here:


Replies to: Speaking Freely: What Students Think About Self-Expression at American Colleges

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 74,591 Senior Member
    edited October 2017
    From https://www.thefire.org/publications/student-attitudes-free-speech-survey/student-attitudes-free-speech-survey-full-text/ :
    A majority of very liberal students (63%) and almost half of very conservative students (45%) agree that it is important to be part of a campus community where they are not exposed to intolerant or offensive ideas.

    There is a partisan divide of 32 percentage points in attitudes toward campus protest: 28% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans agree that they should not have to walk past student protests on campus.

    Seems like lots of students across the political spectrum support freedom of speech only in an ideologically selective manner (i.e. free speech for those they agree with, not for those they disagree with). Not surprising, and probably not all that different from non-students.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    That is a tad disturbing honestly
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 74,591 Senior Member
    for example Ann Coulter -- I get it, she is far right and many people disagree strongly with her views. But it doesn't make it 'hate speech'. And yet it gets labeled as such.

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ann_Coulter for those who want to judge for themselves.
  • alhalh Registered User Posts: 8,463 Senior Member
    ^Thank you.
  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 12,294 Senior Member
    The Fellows Program was established in 1966, and the fellowships are designed to allow professionals to “shar[e] their experiences with students and explor[e] important public issues with a distinguished group of their peers.” Among the fellows announced on Wednesday was Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst.

    It seems the "free speech free speech!!" contingent is very capable of shutting down speech it doesn't like as well.
  • ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,610 Senior Member
    It is funny how some people are quick to attack FIRE unless they are defending speaker they approve of.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Forum Champion Athletic Recruits Posts: 2,444 Forum Champion
    You guys are all kidding, right? Some of you at least understand that this is troubling, don't you?

    And no, there is absolutely no equivalence between Chelsea Manning not getting to be a visiting fellow and half of college students believing that "hate speech" is not protected by the 1st amendment.
  • toomanyteenstoomanyteens Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    @Ohiodad51 I certainly do - heck I am totally okay with people's right to protest even issues that I think are stupid or in places I disagree with and I am also glad I have the right to say that I disagree with the what or the venue.

    It is troubling that so many students believe they can shut don't speech they consider 'hate' which is clearly subjective anyway -- oh the slippery slope
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,966 Senior Member
    who funds FIRE?

    This specific study was funded by the John Templeton Fdn, a reputable group.
    This publication was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

    Again the question should be why is the incidence of hate speech increasing now? .....
    That's the bigger question. Has FIRE looked into that?

    Not sure its fair to criticize the authors for the book that they did not write.
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