Thorny Exchanges on Campus Can Hold Educational Value

Thorny Exchanges on Campus Can Hold Educational Value 1

Chitose Suzuki, N.Y. Daily News

A protester against stop-and-frisk tactics joins others at Brown U. to halt a lecture by Raymond Kelly, police commissioner of New York City.

Politically charged ideas are a mainstay on many campuses. So is the controversy they provoke.

When handled poorly, such incidents trace a familiar arc: Initial expression begets umbrage, which spurs real or perceived overreaction, followed by vows to better handle highly charged disagreements the next time.

A sociology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder recently had to ward off administrators' concerns that her in-class