Editorial: Take advantage of freedoms at A&M
Published: Monday, May 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 23:07
We’ve observed passionate response throughout the year to the stories that have filled The Battalion’s pages. Some of this emotion has been constructive — seeking answers, questioning the status quo, even correcting our mistakes when we err. But at the same time, we’ve also observed rash responses from portions of the community that seem uninterested in reaching greater understanding of societal issues. It’s not an issue isolated to The Batt, which is concerning for a collegiate community.
In these occasions, we lament the educational loss that the campus suffers as respectful and constructive dialogue is abandoned in favor of personal attacks or group think.
While at Texas A&M, students experience greater opportunity to learn and engage in debate than any other time in their lives. The Supreme Court has routinely fortified colleges as the country’s marketplace of ideas. We encourage students to take every advantage of this opportunity to think independently and engage new ideas with a critical but receptive outlook — but not because it reflects well on A&M or is politically correct. Rather, because it’s a step toward becoming responsible citizens in whatever disciplines or localities we settle post graduation.
As leaders within this publication, it is the editorial board’s privilege to bring news to the student body, encouraging exercise of the First Amendment and working to equip students with information they need to make the most of their time at Texas A&M. It is an opportunity that we cherish and a calling in which we believe, and we thank the student body for holding us to a high standard.