Editorial, March 9, 1934, Page 2
Gagging Student Opinion
Newspaper editors are becoming
more and more aware of what they choose to call "the red menace" in the
colleges of the United States. The last issue of the "Smith College
Weekly" contains a reprint of a news article published in one of the
Hearst papers in Massachusetts which indicates that the more liberal
students of our colleges are undermining the structure of democracy.
We do not think that a
questioning attitude on the part of the student should be construed as
basically unwholesome, nor do we think that democratic government will
suffer unnecessarily as a result of student interest in its workings.
If editorial writers like to believe that blind devotion to
nationalistic causes is expected of the students in our colleges, then
what, we should like to know, are students expected to learn in
If intellectual honesty is to be
flouted by teachers and students alike because of certain taboos which
are inherent in the educational system; if we are to talk only when we
agree with authority because disagreement is likely to spell disaster,
then it seems to us that we have been misinformed by those who made
much of the broadening influence of higher education.
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