New Trier Neighbors requests New Trier High School Board of Education officially adopt a “Freedom of Expression Resolution for the New Trier Community”
Below is the statement submitted to the New Trier School Board at the July 13, 2020 meeting:
“We are living through a period of great political turmoil. And yet, while political movements may come and go, New Trier’s core mission must remain the same. Only when the minds of our students are committed to free and open inquiry in an environment that welcomes diverse viewpoints will they become the kind of citizens needed to strengthen our republic and solve complex problems.
That’s why I [NTN Board Member Jonathan Towers] submit this Freedom of Expression Resolution to the Board on behalf of New Trier Neighbors.
We believe New Trier has a unique opportunity to lead the nation by becoming the first U.S. high school to adopt a Freedom of Expression Resolution modeled on the gold standard, The Chicago Statement, which was adopted by the University of Chicago in 2015, in response to the illiberal trend of free speech intolerance on college campuses. As of June 2020, 73 colleges and universities have signed the Chicago Statement.
Freedom of speech is under assault all across our society, as a “cancel culture” takes hold in which, to cite just one example, a top editor at The New York Times just lost his job because he allowed a controversial but thoroughly fact-checked editorial to be published by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.
Do you support the “Freedom of Expression Resolution”? Let us know! email@example.com
The Year in Review
Since New Trier Neighbors launched in October 2017 here is what you have made possible. If you like what you see, please donate!
Sustained issue campaigns to inform and educate on the D39 tax levy process and Wilmette’s mandatory minimum wage/sick leave debates.
Evening events with famed CNN economist (and New Trier alum) Stephen Moore, attended by nearly 100.
A screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed “How Jack Became Black” at New Trier High School, promoting diversity in racial discussions and attended by 300.
“Mix-n-Mingles” in Winnetka, including hosting our local village trustees and school board members, and speakers including Nicole Neily of Speech First, Jason Hill of DePaul University, Ted Dabrowski from Wirepoints, Bob Muzikowski of Chicago Hope Academy and others.
Holding productive discussions with senior New Trier High school administrators on both exposing students to more intellectual diversity, and listening to students who are concerned about political bias in the classroom.
Publishing bi-weekly newsletters keeping North Shore residents up to date on politicized “gun walkouts,” sexuality surveys in schools, and other “must-know” information that you won’t find anywhere else.
Growing our mailing list of North Shore New Trier Neighbors to over 1800!
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Mark your Calendars
Free Speech and Mental Health: How Are They Related?
Attend our September webinar at 7:00 p.m. Register: Here
Join Special Guest, Bonnie Snyder,Director of High School Programs,
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, for a webinar on free speech in education and our children’s mental health.
When: September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom Webinar
Read up on Bonnie’s latest article about coping with
offensive speech here.
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