Free speech in schools

All this week, The Skeptic's Michael Shermer and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's Greg Lukianoff debate academic freedom.

  • Fireproofing the Ivory Tower

    Is tenure the real problem? Why should teachers be shielded from the demands of pleasing their paying customers in a way that other intellectuals are not? Michael Shermer and Greg Lukianoff debate.

  • What should K-12 kids learn?

    A New Jersey high school student recently started a controversy over a conservative-leaning government textbook. Should elementary and secondary schools be making more of an effort at ideological diversity, or should they be striving for material that is as non-ideological as possible?

  • Teach the controversy?

    The Ben Stein documentary ‘Expelled’ posits a conspiracy to keep ‘intelligent design’ out of the classroom. Even if that case is exaggerated, is there an argument for considering some alternative theories that seem far-fetched?

  • A right to not be offended?

    Do universities have a customer-service responsibility to their students to rein in expression that makes students uncomfortable? Greg Lukianoff and Michael Shermer debate.

  • Marxist professors or sensitive students?

    Students complain about indoctrination by professors. Professors complain about vendettas, surreptitious taping and smear campaigns from students and ideologues. Who is right? All week, Michael Shermer and Greg Lukianoff debate academic freedom.

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