The commissioner comes out in favor of speech codes on college campuses. In other words, he believes that college students, 18-22 years old, do not deserve full first amendment rights to free speech.
Why am I writing this, if I generally write on science issues?
COMMISSIONER YAKI: But it has nothing to do with policies [likely a mistranscription of "politics" -EV]. It has to do with science, and it has to do with the fact that more and more the vast majority, in fact I think overall in bodies of science is that young people, not just K through 12 but also between the ages of 16 to 20, 21 is where the brain is still in a stage of development.Ignore the fact that this person is apparently barely articulate and a high government official.
Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do.
In other words, he claims that science shows the brains of young adults are too "underdeveloped" (that is, too stupid and too thoughtless) to be able to handle free speech.
Here is a reminder of how the left used to view young people.
Senator Ted Kennedy on reducing the voting age from 21 to 18:
First, our young people today are far better equipped -- intellectually, physically, and emotionally -- to make the type of choices involved in voting than were past generations of youth. Many experts believe that today's 18 year-old is at least the equal, physically and mentally, of a 21 year-old of his father's generation, or a 25 year-old of his grandfather's generation.If they are better equipped to vote, why do they need speech codes? If they need speech codes, shouldn't we raise the voting age back to 21?