ON-Lion Letter
In December, University of Minnesota general counsel Mark B. Rotenberg wrote to Adam Kissel of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), promising that "[n]o University policy or practice ever will mandate any particular beliefs, or screen out people with 'wrong beliefs' from the University."

The university's letter responds to FIRE’s objections to proposed changes to its College of Education and Human Development’s teacher-training program, a letter to its Board of Regents raising concerns about the program's apparent litmus tests for would-be teachers from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), and other adverse national publicity about it.

The college's program would have redesigned the teacher-training curriculum to enforce a narrow view of "cultural competence" and sought to require each student in the program to accept theories of "white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and internalized oppression."

"Inevitably, choices must be made about what to teach, and how to teach, our University students," Rotenberg wrote to Kissel, who directs FIRE's Individual Rights Defense Program.  "Those curricular choices are made by our faculty on an individual and collective basis throughout all of our many campuses, colleges, and academic departments.  Such choices, and the deliberative processes ... from which those choices emerge, are broadly protected by principles of academic freedom, principles that lie at the heart of American higher education.  Rest assured that the University of Minnesota will protect and defend those principles."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both FIRE and ACTA.
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