The Truth is Powerful
Idaho should emulate Tennessee’s example and hold universities accountable
Tennessee’s Legislature passed a law that strengthens protections for free speech and resists the progressive ideology dominating the state’s public colleges and universities. This legislative victory is thanks in part to a pair of reports on the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) and the Tennessee higher education system , which were written by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, the Claremont Institute, and Velocity Convergence.
The Tennessee Legislature clearly understands the threat that critical social justice (CSJ) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies pose to higher education.
Tennessee’s law is significant for several reasons.
First, it promotes ideological diversity and freedom of expression by preventing students and professors from being forced to pledge allegiance to several divisive concepts, including the idea that one sex or race is intrinsically superior to another. It also prevents universities from penalizing students and university employees for their “refusal to support, believe, endorse, embrace, confess, act upon, or otherwise assent to … divisive concepts.” Conservative students and faculty members will be more likely to exercise their right to free speech if they know they cannot be punished for expressing views that diverge from the prevailing political or social narratives on campus.
In addition, Tennessee’s law prohibits the state’s public […]