Persona Non Grata

Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed, Nov 08, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Student journalists are barred from a hedge fund course at Duke. As a former university Board member and as a former student journalist I head this argument a lot: "we have to have meetings behind closed doors so we can speak openly and candidly." I understood exactly what that meant. It was to allow them to lie in public, secure in the knowledge that I wouldn't reveal the truth. And I have always agreed with this: "If speakers are saying things they don't think can withstand the light of public scrutiny, that's probably a pretty good signal that they're saying something indefensible." It is sad, but no surprise, to see an 'elite' institution of higher education complicit in this. They tell us no student journalist has ever been barred from this course - but why would we believe that? Image: Paste.

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