College campuses must not become places where truth is buried | GUEST COMMENTARY - David K. Wilson, Baltimore Sun

For example, a student, such as my younger self, may come to college from rural America, and may or may not be exposed to the rich diversity of thought and complex mores found in more cosmopolitan regions. In that case, shouldn’t the aim and the hallmark of a world-class education be to expose that student to their blind spots — thereby challenging them to think deeply and critically? Shouldn’t we purposefully help students from various backgrounds put our shared history in the context of the present? Shouldn’t we equip them with analytical and communicative skills that will enable them to responsibly contribute to the ongoing evolution of our national character and destiny? Our colleges and universities must be preserved as intellectual discovery zones where free speech and academic freedoms are intentionally safeguarded.

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