Phi Beta Cons

Speech Codes for Professors

Left-wing professors who use their classrooms for political purposes are a genuine problem. But a proposed solution in Arizona–banning profs from taking “one side of a social, political, or cultural issue that is a matter of partisan controversy” and threatening them with lawsuits and fines–is an extraordinarily bad idea. If Arizona wants to drive good professors to other states, it could hardly come up with a better plan.
Having said that, the American Association of University Professors and other groups that defend the academic freedom of the tenured class should extend their principles to students, stand beside FIRE, and attack speech codes that limit free speech.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.