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Conservative College Student Sues for Liberal Bias


Story here — he claims that the school not only pushed a liberal agenda, but graded him based on his adherence to it. It’s a public school, and thus this infringes on his free-speech rights. The school’s counterargument:

Felkner’s professors argue vehemently that he’s gotten his facts wrong — especially in assessing the core values of the curriculum, which are drawn from the code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, based in Washington, D.C.

Both the code and the RIC curriculum emphasize the role of social workers in pursuing “social justice” for the “vulnerable and oppressed” members of society.

RIC says that incorporating NASW standards in the study of social work “can no more be considered political indoctrination than can a medical school’s adherence to the Hippocratic Oath.”

RIC argues that Felkner equates his right to free speech with “a claim to be able to create his own curriculum, something which is not constitutionally guaranteed.”

And the school said it has “bent over backwards to address the unreasonable demands of a fussy and difficult student.”


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