The championing of diversity in academia doesn't extend to everyone. Many schools still discriminate against Asian applicants. Diversity is rarely applied to those who challenge the prevailing political opinion in the faculty lounge, and intolerance trickles down to the high schools. Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and a strong candidate in several presidential primaries last year, learned last week that his speech at Grosse Pointe High School in an affluent Detroit suburb had been canceled because some parents were concerned that their children would be exposed to Santorum's conservative political views. The disinfectant of publicity quickly encouraged the school to think again, and Santorum's speech is back on the schedule for April 24.
Some of our universities could learn a thing or two about academic freedom from the high school. A little tolerance and common sense would do them a world of good.
— The Washington Times