Freedom of Speech on School Grounds
One of the most enduring issues facing students and professors is freedom of speech on school grounds.
This issue came to a head recently at the University of Iowa where a professor came under scrutiny for displaying an effigy based on the Ku Klux Klan robes on campus as part of his class. The professor argued that he wanted capture the reactions of the public. However, many students objected to the effigy claiming they felt unsafe. University of Iowa is not the only one facing this issue. At Oberlin College, a professor was warned against a coursework that might be sensitive to students who have experience racism, colonialism, violence, and religious persecution. According to the Economist, students’ need to feel safe might be coming at the cost of academic freedom. Can these differences be reconciled?