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Intellectual diversity in Georgia

There’s a debate in my home state about this bill, which apparently tracks very closely a model you could read here, if you were a member. The bill stands no chance of passage this legislative session (which ends in about a week), but it ought to focus the minds of my colleagues in public institutions.

I’d rather there not be legislation, but, if there has to be, then this seems to be a good way to go, focusing on information and exhortation, and requiring that university authorities find some way of accounting for openness to multiple points of view in classrooms and programs.

Its very flexibility means that it in no way threatens academic freedom, and it really doesn’t amount to meddling, as opponents fear. Should it pass, Georgia’s public colleges and universities will have an opportunity to clean up their own houses, or show that no such housecleaning is necessary. A good thing, I think.

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