Suppression of free speech on college campuses lies at the foundation of our failed public educational system (“Bab(i)es on campuses,” May 23 column). Critical thinking is nowhere stimulated in our school system. Critical thinking requires first a working sound mind and, more important, knowledge.
It is interesting that Bayesian logic, which is used to arrive at inferences via probabilities, requires data and prior information. The former means factual knowledge and the latter is what constitutes one’s worldview – the fabric of our reality.
Our students are indeed babied from kindergarten onward not to be able to articulate clearly their worldviews and logically defend them. Witness the confusion on what constitutes facts and the refusal to hear others challenging either our worldview or our presumed factual knowledge.
Discussions regarding facts and worldviews invariably lead to moral issues, something totally avoided in our elementary and even high schools.