A victory won!
University Dumps Thought Reform Program
November 1, 2007
Thursday, University of Delaware President Patrick Harker released on
the school’s website a Message to the University of Delaware Community
terminating the university’s ideological reeducation program, which
FIRE condemned as an exercise in thought reform. He stated, “I have
directed that the program be stopped immediately. No further activities
under the current framework will be conducted.” Harker also called for
a “full and broad-based review” of the program’s practices and
purposes. While concerns remain about the University of Delaware’s
commitment to free expression, FIRE commends President Harker for his
decision to immediately terminate the Orwellian residence life
education program. FIRE will have more on this development tomorrow.
President Harker’s message is reproduced in full below.
A Message to the University of Delaware Community
Nov. 1, 2007
University of Delaware strives for an environment in which all people
feel welcome to learn, and which supports intellectual curiosity,
critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of
an increasingly diverse population. The University is committed to the
education of students as citizens, scholars and professionals and their
preparation to contribute creatively and with integrity to a global
society. The purpose of the residence life educational program is to
support these commitments.
While I believe that recent press
accounts misrepresent the purpose of the residential life program at
the University of Delaware, there are questions about its practices
that must be addressed and there are reasons for concern that the
actual purpose is not being fulfilled. It is not feasible to evaluate
these issues without a full and broad-based review.
recommendation of Vice President for Student Life Michael Gilbert and
Director of Residence Life Kathleen Kerr, I have directed that the
program be stopped immediately. No further activities under the current
framework will be conducted.
Vice President Gilbert will work
with the University Faculty Senate and others to determine the proper
means by which residence life programs may support the intellectual,
cultural and ethical development of our students.
The link is here.
Yes, working together, we can make a difference.
This is a victory for freedom of speech and freedom of thought for all
of the students on our universities. Thank you Flopping Aces and all of
you for all your hard work and keep up the good fight!
Check out FIRE’s Greg Lukianoff talking to Glenn Beck about the Socialism program at the University: