We expect to hear stories on repressing freedom of speech in countries like Russia, not in the U.S. But right here in the land of the free, American universities, the pillars of protest movements and open dialogue, are suppressing free speech.
In response, the first-ever coordinated legal battle against U.S. universities was filed on Tuesday in four states as part of the “Stand Up for Speech” litigation project. Three-fifths of public colleges violate the First Amendment by imposing free speech policies on their campuses.
Located in modern day Mali, the City of Timbuktu was the heart of the Mali and Songhai Empires. At the center of the city was the University of Timbuktu, one of the oldest universities in world history, being found in the 12th century AD. At its height the University of Timbuktu enrolled 25,000 students a year. The university offered four different degrees; a Secondary Degree, Primary Degree, Superior Degree, and Circle of Knowledge. Subjects offered included religion, philosophy, geography, business, astronomy, science, mathematics, and medicine.
Today the buildings that made up the University of Timbuktu serve as Mosques. They still serve as a repository of thousands of ancient manuscripts and books.
“…if I really reflect on how I, a Latina from Las Vegas, was able to become a scientist at an elite university, it wasn’t my own curiosity. It was the influence of a blackjack dealer who also happens to be my mother.”
Instead of privileging institutional reputation, financial resources and selective studies, such as the U.S News & World Report ranking, the PayScale list offers a cold, hard look at how well-prepared students at each school are when they enter the job market. Notice the glaring lack of Ivy League schools and other traditionally touted colleges. Instead, military schools and tech institutes are well-represented.