Ben Carson on how government should monitor universities for 'extreme bias'

Rely on students to send in complaints

Ben Carson, the current leading Republican candidate for president, this week explained his proposal to have the Department of Education regulate "extreme bias" on campus.

Carson had mentioned that he believes the government should cut federal funding to colleges and universities found to have engaged in "extreme bias." Speaking on Sunday morning's "Meet the Press," Carson offered new details: only "extreme bias" would be punished and the process would be similar to other federal investigations. "You invite the students at the universities to send in their complaints," Carson told host Chuck Todd. "And then you investigate."

Carson added that he had given the matter serious thought—he was "not just spouting off."

In response to concerns about the First Amendment, Carson said that his plan is "not a violation of the First Amendment, because all I'm saying is taxpayer funding should not be used for propaganda. It shouldn't be." Instead, Carson argued that colleges should encourage students to see both sides of an argument and approach problems from multiple points of view (Bump, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/26; Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 10/26).

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