Memo to President Trump: College students are not sponges
On July 11, President Donald Trump announced that he was ordering the Treasury to reexamine the tax exempt status of colleges because “too many . . . are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education.” This latest warning was one of a series of threats aimed at forcing both higher education institutions and K-12 schools to return to in-person instruction in the fall. Setting aside the President’s motivations, two things are clear: There is no valid basis in existing law for revoking schools’ tax-exempt status, and students are far more resistant to political indoctrination than President Trump would like us to believe.
Originally published: July 14, 2020
Author: David Wippman
Institution: Hamilton College
Published by: The Hill