Higher education looms large in news of the United States these days. At the national level, the US Supreme Court ruled recently on more than one case involving higher education. Educational institutions, says the Court, can no longer affirmatively regard the race of an applicant for admission. Also, according to the Court, the country’s president does not have the power to set aside the existing student debt of some forty million people. In various individual states, legislation and court decisions increasingly shape curricula and constrain how and what professors can speak. The state of Texas passed a bill that, if it takes effect next year, will forbid the state’s public colleges and universities from maintaining offices that are concerned with diversity, equity, and inclusion. As of this writing, a federal court has blocked a bill, signed by Florida’s governor in April 2023, that critics say restricts professors’ speech. Perhaps it’s...

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