More proof (if it was still needed) that the left is trying their best to make themselves irrelevant.
Ohio Republicans are trying to pass an ‘Academic Bill of Rights’ protecting both students and professors against political discrimination. Here are some of the ‘controversial’ things they are seeking:
Those rights include:
— “a learning environment in which the students have access to a broad range of serious scholarly opinion pertaining to the subjects they study.” That includes “dissenting sources and viewpoints.”
— grading based on students’ “reasoned answers and appropriate knowledge” of the subjects they study. The bill says students will not be discriminated against because of political, ideological, or religious beliefs. And it says faculty “shall not use their courses or their positions for the purpose of political, ideological, religious, or antireligious indoctrination.”
— freedom from the persistent introduction of “controversial matter” into the coursework that has no bearing on the subject at hand.
— freedom of speech, assembly, and expression, when it comes to student organizations.
— distribution of student fees “on a viewpoint neutral basis.”
The bill also says faculty members “shall be hired, fired, and granted tenure on the basis of their competence and appropriate knowledge in their field of expertise and shall not be hired, fired, promoted, granted tenure, or denied promotion or tenure on the basis of their political, ideological, or religious beliefs.”
Who would be against such a bill protecting academic freedoms?
The ACLU of course.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says the bill would “censor” Ohio colleges and universities because it could be used to “curtail academic freedom and to encourage thought policing in our institutes of higher education.”
The ACLU will now argue any position, as long as a Republican or a Boy Scout is on the other side.