New evidence that high schools treat conservative students poorly

Samuel J. Abrams
American Enterprise Institute

Excerpt: While the pandemic remains a real concern, another very worrisome issue will face our nation’s high-school students when they return to the classroom: whether conservative students will be treated fairly if their views and ideas do not comport with the overall zeitgeist of particular schools.

Healthy debate, based on a real diversity of ideas, rests at the very foundation of civil society and our educational system. But this core value is under threat today, with many Americans self-censoring and silencing themselves due to the rampant cancel-culture epidemic and other forms of discrimination based on ideology.
Students are choosing to keep quiet on campus and in their classrooms, fearing not only retaliation from peers but also long-term reputational consequences for internships, careers, and social standing. Woke mobs come after dissenters and “equity” and “inclusion” offices instruct students what and how to think. These forces have expanded from higher education to high schools. New data reveal how much more discrimination conservative high-school students face than their liberal peers do.