An Oklahoma university president who made headlines in 2015 for telling students that his school is “not a day care” has turned those famous words into a book tackling the loss of free speech principles on college campuses.
Everett Piper — president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a private, evangelical Christian university in Bartlesville, Oklahoma — tackles safe spaces and trigger warnings in his book released earlier this week, titled, “Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth.”
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, Mr. Piper read an excerpt from his book, saying, “Advice for concerned parents: You are responsible for where you send your kids to school. If you keep sending them off to institutions that idolize the created rather than the creator, and that take great pride in politically correct nonsense, you’re going to get the predictable results of these terrible ideas and terrible behaviors.”
Mr. Piper said he considers himself to be “more classically liberal” than his left-of-center counterparts because he strongly believes “in a good argument, a robust exchange of ideas [and] academic liberty, rather than ideological fascism.
“There’s a huge difference between good education and ‘safe’ education,” the university president added. “I’d rather have the first and not the second.”
Mr. Piper’s blog post, “This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!” went viral in November 2015 amid a new wave of race-based campus protests, particularly the University of Missouri’s Concerned Student 1950 protests. Almost a year later, Mr. Piper made headlines again for a blog post saying U.S. college campuses have become “indoctrination camps” dominated by liberals who are intent on killing free thought.
“The school year has started and the ‘snowflake’ rebellion of 2015 is anything but dead,” he wrote Aug. 26, 2016. “Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and demands for ‘safe spaces’ continue to dominate the campus news from coast to coast.
“Education today is clearly in crisis,” he said at the time. “The contemporary university is no longer known for pursuing truth, but rather for celebrating tolerance, and in the name of tolerance we are told that our intolerance is intolerable.”
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