Mr. Will ought to use his immense privilege to call out the would-be autocrats who have the capability to inflict major harm on us all.
Karen Yudelson Sandler, Washington
George F. Will was not incorrect to contact interest in his March 9 op-ed to excesses in attempts to police language considered dangerous on faculty campuses, but he overlooked the far far more systematic and dangerous initiatives of conservative activists and legislators to handle what is mentioned in public educational facilities at all levels. Final calendar year alone, 36 states launched 137 expenses built to limit discussion of “divisive concepts” associated to “race, gender, American historical past and LGBTQ+ identities.”
In Florida, Household Invoice 999 would go even further more in public faculties and universities by banning majors or minors in gender reports defunding variety, fairness and inclusion systems undermining tenure and barring general schooling main programs from instructing “identity politics” or defining “American record as opposite to the generation of a new nation centered on common principles mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.”
Surely these efforts to dictate what is and is not claimed in general public establishments of bigger education, and to punish lecturers who deviate from the recommended orthodoxy, also deserved Mr. Will’s condemnation.
David Wippman, Clinton, N.Y.
The author is president of Hamilton Higher education.
Glenn C. Altschuler, Ithaca, N.Y.
The author is professor of American scientific tests at Cornell College.