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Never Forget: Colleges Teach Critical Thinking!

At least, that is what we hear all the time from college officials. Unfortunately, events often conspire to show that it’s just blather, such as the recent protest at Brown where New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly was booed off the stage and his speech called off.

Is part of “critical thinking” learning that anyone you consider “divisive” should be prevented from speaking? Will any faculty or administrators at Brown turn this into a teachable moment on the need for civility and respect for those with whom you disagree?

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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