A Summary Of Free Speech On College Campuses

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Land of the free! Land of opportunities! Home of the brave! Is what comes to mind when we talk about America but in reality, how free should our American Dream be on college campuses regarding speech? In the novel Restoring Free Speech & Liberty on Campuses, Down points out “Free expression on college and university campuses has undergone remarkable change since the early 1960s. This period has witnessed substantial expansion in the freedom that individuals on campus have to express their views...campus protests seem like distant memories with little chance of being repeated at the commencement of the twenty-first century.” Accordingly, this new generation are the faces of tomorrow. We will work here, live here, vote here, and govern America.…show more content…
Many colleges have enacted speech codes in which students are governed in what they say so that they don’t offend their peers. However, according to an expert by Lukianoff and Haidt, “ It is creating a culture in which everyone must think twice before speaking...Don't teach students what to think; teach them how to think.” Students must learn to stand up for themselves. Nevertheless college campuses are a place for learning, students should be able to hear criticism, take criticism and learn how to deal with it in a peaceful way. In workplaces, in society and in rooms where hate speech is being used, students should be able to stand by what they believe in and fight for their claim with confidence. Lukianoff and Haidt point out that “Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control.” Again, offenses will be thrown out there all around you, you just have to learn how to deal with it. But where do you draw the line and say enough is
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