My last column, “Brave Newark World” was part of a smashing First Amendment success. Thanks, in part, to hundreds of loyal readers -- those who took the time to write the University of Delaware -- the university’s unconstitutional re-education program is now history. I hope the same readers will take the time to write the university again -- this time to thank them for doing the right thing. And I hope my readers will join me in this first installment of a new column series recognizing First Amendment heroes who are helping us turn the tide against thought control on our nation’s college campuses. The first half-dozen honorees follow:
Steve Balch, President of the National Association of Scholars, or NAS. (see www.NAS.org).
The Delaware Association of Scholars is the group that collected much of the information I used in my column on Delaware’s re-education program. As a part of the NAS, one of its goals is to bring attention to the decline of academic standards in higher education. A part of that decline is the result of the interjection of race and gender politics in virtually every aspect of academic life. The NAS recognizes the danger of programs like the one at Delaware that seeks (or sought) to use government resources to force students to accept a radical re-definition of racism. The organization is also one of the few (perhaps only) that understands the link between radical identity politics and the decline of civility in higher education.
Today, there are many strong state chapters of the NAS. That is mostly because of the hard work of NAS President Steve Balch. Take the time to log on to the NAS website to learn more about the organization. And feel free to call Steve to let him know his work is appreciated. I plan to show my appreciation by re-joining the NAS this week. I encourage other concerned professors to do the same.
Alan Kors, Harvey Silverglate, and Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. (see www.TheFire.org).