Date: January 01, 2018
01) Don’t shield students from opinions they don’t agree with, universities minister Jo Johnson warns
“Students must not be shielded from views they disagree with under the banner of “safe spaces”, the universities minister has said, as he warns that the practise is “closing minds”.
The “worrying” trend of students seeking to “stifle” opinions that are counter to their own has swept across American campuses and is now gathering pace at British universities, Jo Johnson will say on Tuesday.
In a speech at the Limmud Festival in Birmingham, a celebration of Jewish learning and culture, he will warn that free speech is a key part of university life.
He said that the new regulator for higher education, the Office for Students (OFS), will crack down on universities that fail to adequately safeguard free speech.
The watchdog will have new powers to punish universities which fall short, which could include fines or even being deregistered, which would effectively render them unable to operate.
Mr Johnson will say that free speech must not be used as a smokescreen by those who wish to limit the expression of others.”
It’s an astonishingly stupid behavior, to censor open speech and dialogue.
The answer to “bad speech”, is more speech.
That so many universities have lost touch with this fundamental principle, is just staggering.
Thank you to feinmann0, for that great link!