All along Young America's Foundation has said that college
campuses nationwide seem to be less and less objective-well now
even Michael Bloomberg agrees. At a commencement ceremony at
Harvard yesterday, Bloomberg stated that colleges are supposed to
be a place where students learn how to think, not where they are
told what to think.
Just last week, Young America's Foundation released its
"Commencement Speakers Survey" which reveals that
43 liberal speakers and only 9 conservatives
are scheduled to speak or have already spoken at this year's
commencement ceremonies at America's top 100 colleges.
Campuses are using commencement addresses as the last and final
push to indoctrinate young impressionable minds.
It is important to note that Young America's Foundation has
always advocated for both sides to be presented on campuses-not one
side over the other. We frequently hear from students about
how they feel as though their free speech rights are suppressed on
campus and 52% said that professors often do not present
alternative viewpoints when there are different sides to an
Colleges and universities should be places of tolerance for all
opinions not just liberal viewpoints. Recently we have seen
disgusting examples of intolerance from the Left when it comes to
pro-life stances and pro-second amendment opinions.
Conservative students have a right to expression just like liberal
students do, but it is entirely unfair for conservative viewpoints
to be suppressed.
A recent poll conducted by Young America's Foundation found that
75% of graduating college seniors noted that they were required to
take diversity courses, race & ethnicity courses, or
feminist/women's studies courses in order to graduate. When
viewing the content of these courses it is clear that many of these
courses are not being taught objectively but rather with a liberal
bias. Why is it that these courses are being required and not
just offered as electives? Also, where are the conservative
It's worth noting that campus "sensitivity" trainings are on the
rise yet intolerance only seems to grow toward conservative
students. Students are now being asked or required in some
cases to "check their privilege" at the door because every student
should be on equal footing.
We are living in a politically correct environment and college
and university campuses are where it starts and begins.
Bloomberg's comments are worth applauding because at least he is
able to recognize the growing intolerance toward conservative ideas
on campuses especially when it comes to commencement addresses.
Ashley Pratte is the spokeswoman for Young America's
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