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A Passover Reminder

Many college campuses are failing to cultivate an environment where students feel comfortable asking questions, resulting in intellectually stunted individuals. The author, a scholar of Israeli history, believes that universities should be open to a range of ideas and allow students to explore difficult topics, even if they disagree with them. The author highlights instances where speakers have been disinvited or protests have shut down discussions, preventing students from engaging in meaningful dialogue. The author argues that universities should prioritize creating “brave spaces” rather than “safe spaces” and encourages college presidents to embrace the tradition of asking provocative questions during Passover Seders. Without the opportunity to ask questions and engage in critical thinking, an entire generation risks becoming intellectually stunted.

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