Win for Academic Freedom in Nebraska

Colleen Flaherty
Inside Higher Ed

Excerpt: University of Nebraska system Board of Regents voted down on August 13 a proposal to ban the "imposition" of critical race theory in the classroom. Unlike many states' legislative bans on mandatory critical race theory training, the Nebraska proposal explicitly opposed the "imposition" of critical race theory via the curriculum.

The proposal, written by Regent Jim Pillen, said: "America is the best country in the world and anyone can achieve the American Dream here. Critical race theory seeks to silence opposing views and disparage important American ideals.”

The 3-5 vote against the proposal followed hours of discussion. Students, faculty members, deans, the board and its four non-voting student members, plus Ted Carter, system president all weighed in. All but a handful of their comments were against the resolution, echoing sentiments of numerous student and faculty groups who opposed it prior to the vote.