At this time of year, students are taking their final exams, and filling out applications to undergraduate and graduate schools across the nation. Therefore, now is a good time for parents to do some homework of their own about the universities their kids are applying to. We all know that too many universities are breeding grounds for left-wing activism and political correctness which interferes with speech, religious liberty, and independent thought. If you want to steer your kids away from those kinds of schools, you should explore the website of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (F.I.R.E). Their mission statement and an introductory video are below. Use their Spotlight Database to learn which schools are the worst. If you see a red button next to the school's name, beware!
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The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
FIRE effectively and decisively defends American liberties on behalf of thousands of students and faculty on our nation's campuses. In case after case, FIRE brings about favorable resolutions for these individuals who continue to be challenged by those willing to deny fundamental rights and liberties within our institutions of higher education. In addition to individual case work, FIRE works nationally to inform the public about the fate of liberty on our campuses.
FIRE's work to protect fundamental rights on campus concentrates on four areas: freedom of speech and expression; religious liberty and freedom of association; freedom of conscience; and due process and legal equality on campus. Ultimately, FIRE seeks to end the debilitating fatalism that paralyzes students and faculty by bringing public attention to the issue while providing protection to those who are now helpless in the face of abuses of power on campuses across the nation.