“Doth protest too much?” University of Wisconsin delays free speech survey

by Jonathan Turley

The survey has caused faculty and administrators to go into seems almost unhinged panic. … The survey asked students about self-censorship, opinions toward viewpoint diversity, campus climate, knowledge of the First Amendment and fears over expressing oneself.

Such surveys have been conducted at other schools and found that most students feel chilled in their exercise of free … A recent poll found that 65 percent of students feel that they cannot speak freely on campuses. … Rather than address such hostile environments, some at Wisconsin have an easier solution: just don’t ask the students.


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5 Responses to “Doth protest too much?” University of Wisconsin delays free speech survey

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Rather than address such hostile environments, some at Wisconsin have an easier solution: just don’t ask the students.

    An embarrassing number of MMSD students can’t read, write and figure to grade.

    SOLUTION: Stop testing them and the ignorance disappears….

    The Gotch

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    • patrickmoloughlin says:

      It’s the same solution to the fact that the vast majority of those arrested by SROs were black: Remove the SROs and arrests WILL go down…guaranteed. Problem solved!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        Thought about referencing the wildly popular-n-successful BEP, but was overcome with intermittent fits of uproarious laughter and gut-churning nausea…

        The Gotch

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  2. Walter says:

    Katzenberger also objected that free speech is being given greater attention than “diversity issues” in the system:

    “We get what the survey’s trying to address and we think it’s an important cause to discuss, but why is there not a survey addressing diversity issues in the System? Why are we prioritizing this over other more pressing diversity issues?”

    Found this at the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page of the UW-Madison

    Campus Climate Survey 2021
    In the fall 2021 semester, more than 13,000 UW–Madison students — a 28% response rate — shared their thoughts, experiences, and concerns about campus in the university’s student Campus Climate Survey. The results will build upon the university’s 2016 survey to help us better understand our students’ campus experience and enhance programs and services that foster a campus environment where everyone feels like they belong.

    From the survey FAQ’s
    UW–Madison is committed to creating a community where every person feels they are safe, valued, and able to succeed. The Campus Climate Survey serves that mission by helping us understand students’ experiences with and perceptions about campus climate and diversity, including how people of different backgrounds and identities experience life at UW. The university first surveyed students in 2016. The 2021 survey will provide us with critical information about what has changed in the last five years, and what changes may need to be made to ensure everyone who comes to UW feels like they belong.

    Seems like there has been surveys regarding diversity issues.


    • A Voice in the Wilderness says:

      Mr. Katzenberger needs to understand that free speech is the basis for fair discussion of diversity. Some of us were aware of this before Professor Turley stated as much in his blog. We’re not dealing with rocket science here…or are we?

      I think most students wish the UW System would stop pestering them with asinine surveys. They want to finish the semester and plan their summer.


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