Poll Finds 20 Percent of Students at Idaho’s Public Colleges Feel Bullied or Shamed Over Their Views
“The good news is most of our postsecondary students, regardless of political leaning, gender, race, or age feel valued, respected and welcome on our campuses.”
I’m guessing the students who feel bullied into silence are not liberals or progressives.
Campus Reform reports:
POLL: 1 in 5 Idaho students feel ‘shamed or bullied’ for their views
A new study by the Idaho State Board of Education found that around 20 percent of students at the state’s public colleges and universities say they “feel shamed or bullied for their personal beliefs or viewpoints” at least occasionally.
While 78% said they “never or rarely feel shamed or bullied,” an official with the Idaho State Board of Education confirmed with Campus Reform that 2% of respondents declined to answer.
The Board’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. TJ Bliss, said campus climates have room for improvement. “There is a group of students, from 10% to 33% that indicated at least occasionally feeling not valued, not respected or having a sense of belonging, or at least occasionally feeling pressured to affirm or accept beliefs or shamed or bullied for their personal beliefs.”
The students reported a positive campus climate. Eighty-seven percent said they feel valued; 95% said they feel respected, and 90 percent said they felt a sense of belonging.
State Board President Kurt Liebich said, “The good news is most of our postsecondary students, regardless of political leaning, gender, race, or age feel valued, respected and welcome on our campuses.”
Students who responded to the survey were generally knowledgeable about their free speech rights: Seventy-six percent say they “are familiar with safeguards and policies that protect freedom of expression.”
An overwhelming majority – 89 percent – of respondents said they “feel safe to express their personal beliefs or viewpoints with others.”
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