Intellectual freedom and free speech should rank high, one would think, among the priorities and most sacred values of academics. And, traditionally, that’s probably been so. Perhaps not so much these days, though.
Ethnic diversity is a big deal, of course, on contemporary American campuses. As are gender diversity and diversity of sexual preference. But actual diversity of ideas doesn’t rank nearly so high, it seems. Ideological conformity blankets much of American academia. (One thinks of a memorable phrase from the late art critic Harold Rosenberg: “a herd of independent minds.”)
Dr. John Gee’s invaluable (and often downright wickedly funny) blog offers a link to a very striking story along these lines:
And out of Florida comes word of a classics professor there who apparently believes that public dissent from campus administrative decisions should be a firing offense.