Students are afraid to speak their minds in class, according to a survey from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Knight Foundation. This self-censoring is thanks in part to a culture that punishes unpopular opinions.
The survey, conducted in 2016, found that free expression on campus is slowly becoming extinct. A slight majority of students surveyed admitted that the campus climate prevents them from saying what they believe because “others might find it offensive.”
That’s where Speech First comes in. The new organization, comprised of students, parents, faculty, alumni, and concerned citizens, is dedicated to protecting the free speech rights of students on campus – and it launches today.