Now that the Department of Education has appointed a fierce advocate for free speech, one researcher says there's hope for the restoration of free speech and open debate on the nation's university and college campuses.
The trampling of professors' and students' free speech rights on college campuses has been a problem for a couple of decades or more. But Mary Clare Reim of The Heritage Foundation says positive change is coming with the appointment of Adam Kissel.
"This comes at a time where many Americans are concerned about sending their kids off to college and wondering if their free speech rights are going to get infringed on," the research associate comments. "We see a complete lack of diversity of thought on college campuses today. And so the appointment of Mr. Kissel shows that protecting the free speech rights of our college students will be a priority."
Reim says the suppression of open debate and free speech became much more acute during the Obama administration.
"We saw conservative voices, whether it was professors or students, silenced," she recalls. "We saw many student groups invite speakers to college campuses that were protested with little help from the administration."
Lifezette reports Kissel formerly worked for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, where he was one of the strongest advocates for free speech on college campuses.