He seems to assume he's talking to a Progressive audience, so his arguments are made to persuade them. That in and of itself is worthwhile if you plan to try to discuss issues with Progressives.
And he argues that:
- gender is biological and real
- "safe spaces" are damaging to the students they are supposed to protect
- arguing sexism or racism solely from disparate outcomes is irrational
- some goals of social justice are unjust
- the telos of seeking truth and the telos of seeking social justice are incompatible for a university and, if both are sought equally, harmful to both truth and social justice
In the end, while he wants universities to publicly declare one or the other, he champions truth-seeking as the proper telos of the university.
More about Haidt below the fold.
Haidt is one of the founders of Heterodox Academy, which now has more than 200 member professors. About them:
We are all professors who have endorsed this statement:
“I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic field, my university, my department, and my classroom.”
Heterodox Academy (HXA) has also begun publishing the "HXA Guide to Colleges":
... As prospective students begin filling out forms and looking to see which campuses fit their idea of a supportive and robust learning and social environment, they look to a range of guides and ranking systems.
While many of these ranking systems include the traditional metrics about acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio and more, they cannot tell you whether the intellectual climate is vibrant, varied, and free, or whether it is conformist and politicized. Now, there is a resource that does.
Introducing the Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges made up of the top 150 national universities from US News & World Report college ranking guide (as of May 8, 2016). Incorporating a variety of metrics and factors, each school is given a “Heterodox Academy Score” factoring in:
- Endorsement of the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression.
- FIRE rating (based on the school’s protections for freedom of speech)
- ISI Rating (a rating based on how conservative students are likely to fare at each school)
- Campus incidents concerning free speech and political orthodoxy