Colleges seem to have taken the view that they have the right to our money, parents’ tuition and our children while the rest of us have to shut up while they indoctrinate our children. Here is actionable advice on how to fight back on the liberal agenda in colleges.
Before you send your child to a college, compare it to the list on the Foundation for Individual Rights list of schools based on their speech codes. The schools that are the most restrictive are the most hostile to basic freedom of speech and conservative values.
Don’t send your child on cross-country college tours. You’re wasting money on out of state tuition rates compared to the programs available at nearly every state school, and you lose supervision of their day to day activities while you are paying the bill.
Ideally, have your child live at home while attending college. This cuts the cost of college in half (at least) and avoids full immersion in campus culture that may be contrary to your family’s values.
Tell your child why they should not select an identity-studies major, since these programs are only political indoctrination; if your child chooses this option, don’t fund it and leave them to pay for their own education. Do discuss how it isn’t going to lead to a viable career. Given the political swing of late, the human resources jobs that employed many of them are going to dry up. Instead, help your child find a major with value in the workplace and society as a whole.
In the Classroom
Challenge schools that host mandatory diversity training featuring guilt-tripping of students for supposed privilege, whether based on income or race. If the school says this is mandatory, pull your child out immediately and go somewhere else. The better solution, though, is seeing what the freshman experience is like through online discussion boards and not sending your child to a school that does this in the first place.
When a teacher says “this is a safe space, you aren’t allowed to talk about what goes in this class”, start recording. There is no privacy in a public school classroom, only the psychologist’s couch in an office away from one’s classmates.
Discuss contrary views openly in such classes, and if penalized for doing so, mobilize against either that professor or the school as a whole. If students are afraid of being failed or physically threatened by classmates for expressing a politically incorrect opinion, either demand that the school honor its stated mission (and justification for public funding) and open up or pull out your student and discourage others from attending. Schools actively suppressing all but far left views are defrauding the public while undermining civic values.
Document Everything Important
Do not fall for the lie that anyone has a right to privacy in a public place. Record every event that is a literal threat to other students, such as when liberal lynch mobs as took over Evergreen State. Post, share and promote it to protect the truth.
If you find you’re asked to give a statement to an administrator, inform them you’ll record it for your records. If they say you are not allowed to create your own record though they themselves will put things in their records (or your school record), say nothing more except that you will be seeking legal counsel.
If your alma mater has succumbed to social justice insanity, whether as bad as Evergreen State’s armed mobs of liberal bullies given free rein or Berkley telling cops to stand down as violent Antifa attacked conservatives for merely being in line to hear a speaker, do not give them any more money. Furthermore, tell them why you are no longer giving them money. Discuss the issue with relatives who may be donating to the school so that they will stop donating, as well, or alter their bequests.
Donate to legal defense groups assisting students in the cases above. FIRE is one. Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Legal Justice are others, though not the only ones.
Connect with political groups to end public funding for identity-studies programs that are only turning out trained activists.
Legal and Judicial Solutions
If faced with an administrative tribunal, get legal counsel – and not from anyone associated with the school.
When schools violate the rights of students - whether Title IX rape tribunals denying students their Constitutional rights or refusing admission to internships and graduate programs because of religious and political beliefs -challenge it legally after trying to work with the school to correct it. Furthermore, publicize it, so that it isn’t just you versus the behemoth.
Do not fall for the lie that speech equals violence. This belief in Islam equates criticism of the ideology with actual violence against the unbelievers and is the justification for death penalties for apostates. Physically interfering with a speaker entering a room or hitting people you disagree with is assault – prosecute it as such under the fullest extent of the law.
When a social justice bully physically assaults someone or destroys property, do not leave the discipline to school administrators who have recently been giving minor warnings or, at most, wrist slaps. Push for criminal charges, and file your own police reports. If they see real world consequences for their actions, their ideological peers will be discouraged from engaging in actual violence.
Don’t prosecute serious crimes via school administration, and refuse to recognize their authority when they try. Use the police when actual harm occurs, such as reporting rape to the police.
Educate parents and students that the university cannot punish students for speaking to anyone about university investigations and prosecutions. This has been a common restriction by universities, such as telling men charged under Title IX rape investigations that they will be punished for talking to friends about why they have to drop out of activities or seek guidance from professors or parents.