And so we come face to face with the question: What is so terrifying about being challenged? Isn’t that called education? Are your ideas so frail they can’t withstand that? What purpose is served by having free speech limited to designated areas? In what rational world are you free from viewpoints that upset you? History is filled with examples of people who couldn’t tolerate dissent (spoiler alert: it didn’t end well).
We homeschoolers have a mantra of sorts that sums up our educational philosophy. Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire. Fires are tricky things. The same gust of wind that extinguishes a candle fans a flame. The only reason to shrink back into the recesses of a coddled academia is the gnawing fear that your mind’s tiny flicker can’t withstand the drafty den of actual learning. If that is the world your mind confines you to then free speech isn’t your problem. Your problem is that you hate education and the world you are missing out on pities you.