My time at Brooklyn College — which faces protests for the decision of its political science department to sponsor an event whose speakers supported boycotting Israel — was interrupted by three years of military service. But what I remember most about the school was the wonderful excitement of robust debate.
At the time, students took sides on the tough, life-and-death issues of isolation versus involvement in World War II, the United Nations and more. When they left the college, they could not help but be educated citizens.
By refusing to limit that kind of discussion, Brooklyn College is true both to its tradition and to its educational mission. As always, freedom of speech is a fundamental right and must be defended.