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Posted November 25, 2004
harrowing but necessary read
A lawyer and a college professor take on the Goliath of what has become the American university establishment. But these two Davids have an ally: the U.S. court system. Kors and Silvergate began taking colleges to court and suing them for their arrogant violations of first and fourth amendment rights. And they won! The courts have been vehement in their denunciations of these blatant disregards of free speech and due process. The authors have since set up a website, www.thefire.com for students and faculty to report such violations. It is still David versus Goliath, but it is a start. But the book sticks to its legal focus. To get a broader picture, you need to read at least Who Stole Feminism? and The Rape of Alma Mater.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2002
It's time for a Student's Bill of Rights in academia
Of all the books I've read relating to the intellectual and moral crisis in modern academia, none comes close to this articulately written book. The authors take great pains to carefully document the atrocities they write about, and the book is beautifully organized. It's not just at the big universities that the lunacy that Kors and Silverglate write about occurs. As a student at a local community college, I have witnessed professors yelling at students over differences of political opinion, heard of cases where arbitrary grades were given due to political issues, been required to take what may well have been an illegal test purportedly designed to assess whether anyone was in need of 'mental therapy,' and much more. One professor even assigned a written exercise where one of the questions was about whether you would marry/date/adopt someone of another race. Who students intend to mate with is of no concern to a teacher in a survey-level speech class! What is even more astounding is that some of the things I've seen pale in comparison to some of the things I learned by reading this book. The lunatics are, indeed, running the assylum, and it's high time this nation did something about it. For starters, we can all recommend that everyone reads this book. Kudos to Kors and Silverglate for taking a stand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 1999
Eye-opening expose - a must read!
Kors and Silverglate have written a well-researched, engaging account of some disturbing facets of American universities. A must read for anyone interested in free speech, justice and education. Especially interesting to those of us (and there are far too many) who have found themselves verbally and physically threatened for voicing politically incorrect opinions or beliefs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.