Phi Beta Cons

Prager U: The Least Free Place in America

“Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, otherwise our civilization will stagnate and die.”

— U.S. Supreme Court, Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957)

In the newest Prager University course, Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), discusses why many colleges have become a place “where alternative thinking goes to die.”

 

 

 

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