Professor proposes way to evade censorship

Philosophy professor Stephen Asma in the Boston Globe, January 20, 2023, lists instances of students objecting to topics in classes that made them feel uncomfortable with support from administrations. Asma suggests a remedy, that students be granted the option of an idelogical withdrawal, whereby any time during the term that a student feels offended or upset, the student would be allowed to withdraw with a refund for the course. The professors discussing controversial topics would stay in place. “If colleges fire their heterodox professors,” writes Asma, “then there will be no alternative viewpoints to save colleges from becoming ideological echo chambers. And the partisan media is already showing how disastrous that can be for democracy.”

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