The political correctness movement has spun out of control at
schools nationwide. The latest victim is a student's ability
to say, "Bless you" in the classroom without fear of a grade
deduction. The polite saying is now under assault by the PC
police looking to restrict student's rights.
Just how far will the political correctness movement go in our
nation's schools? This year alone we have seen luau parties
protested and elementary school shows where the "YMCA"
protested-because they were deemed as racist and insensitive.
Students have been sent home for wearing shirts with branding of
conservative organizations or the American flag. While these
are more subtle examples of free speech restrictions at schools
there are more alarming examples.
The rise of "free speech" zones on campuses should be worrisome
to many because those zones restrict free speech rights to small,
designated areas on campuses. Students are now being denied a
fundamental right-free speech. For example, at
Pennsylvania State University-an 8,500 acre campus restricts
student free speech rights to just 12 small zones on
In a nationwide survey conducted by Young America's Foundation
(YAF), 52% of students said that professors often do not present
alternative viewpoints when there are different sides to an
issue. This underscores that most lessons in today's
classrooms are often not taught from an objective viewpoint.
We have seen many examples of indoctrination in the classroom and
professors who use their classes as soapboxes.
It's worth noting that campus "sensitivity" trainings are on the
rise, yet intolerance toward conservative students only seems to
grow. Students are now being asked, or required in some
cases, to "check their privilege" at the door because, according to
school administrations, every student should be on equal
Young America's Foundation polling also shows that 75% of 2014
graduates, were required to take courses in race and ethnicity,
diversity, and gender studies in order to graduate. This poll
was conducted after a report showed that the
University of Michigan was also requiring students to take a course
in race & ethnicity, which taught about "the inherent
racism in America." When viewing the content of these courses, it
is clear that many are not being taught objectively but rather with
a liberal bias. Why is it that our students are now required
to take such courses, and where are the conservative courses?
Not only does there appear to be no objectivity in the
classroom, but students are subject to liberal commencement
speakers as well as a plethora of expensive liberal speakers, such
as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, throughout the school year.
We are living in a politically correct environment and it begins in
In May, Michel Bloomberg stated, "Colleges are supposed to be a
place where students learn how to think, not where they are told
what to think." Bloomberg's comments are worth
applauding. Even Bloomberg recognizes the growing intolerance
toward conservative ideas on campuses and the consequences of
suppressing free speech.
Ashley Pratte is the spokeswoman for Young America's
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