In a recent commencement address at the University of Michigan, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was booed after criticizing campus safe spaces.
The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations — not run away from them,” Bloomberg told the school’s graduating class. “One of the most dangerous places on a college campus is a safe space because it creates the false impression that we can insulate ourselves from those who hold different views.
Bloomberg is hardly radical in his views, despite the unfavorable reception his comments received at the University of Michigan. There has been a growing concern for freedom of speech on campus from people of all political perspectives and walks of life, from Michael Bloomberg and President Obama, to John Cleese, to the team here at Learn Liberty.
Encountering new, controversial, and even offensive ideas is critical to learning and discovery. That’s why freedom of speech in colleges is so essential.
For more on the importance of freedom of speech at universities, listen to Professor Don Downs’s defense of academic freedom in the video below.