Have a high schooler you’re getting ready to ship off to college? While you’re no doubt considering school ranking, academic programs, and tuition cost (*cough cough*) in the decision-making process, it’s also imperative to consider how highly a school values free speech and diverse academic thought. After all, the systemic progressive bias poisoning our nation’s schools is in great part to blame for why so many millennials are prescribing to socialism.
That being said, if you don’t want your sweet son or daughter turning into the next Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, you should probably steer them away from the following schools. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), these are the 10 worst colleges for free speech in 2016:
- Mount St. Mary’s University
- Northwestern University
- Louisiana State University
- University of California, San Diego
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- University of Oklahoma
- Marquette University
- Colorado College
- University of Tulsa
- Wesleyan University
What sort of egregious violations of the First Amendment landed these lauded institutions on the list, you’re wondering? In a nutshell:
Among the institutions on FIRE’s annual “worst of the worst” list are a university that fired two faculty members for criticizing the university president’s plan to oust low-performing freshmen, a college that suspended a student for making a six-word joke on social media, and even one university that punished a student for something someone else said—and then went after the student newspaper for reporting on the story.