This guys a few beers short of a 6-pack. His writings about intellectual laziness in liberalism and liberalism in academia are retarded. Of course you have to do research in college, you moron! Otherwise you end up citing facts incorrectly and other boneheaded crap.
I personally think his idea of 'independent thought' is academic laziness. The only kind of courses where his notion of 'independent thought' would hold any water would be philosophy courses, because everything in philosophy is subjective anyways.
Take a philosophy class at something other than a community college, and you'll find that your arguement must be properly supported by facts or correct refutations of the premises of others. Infact, a whole topic in philosophy is dedicated to this persuit. It's call logic. We also have epistemology, you know, the study of how we know things.
I don't know if you took any philosophy classes, but my professors made us do rather deep research and often would scoff at papers with such "independant thought" as possibly forged. Of course, he encouraged independant thought if one used logic proofs to attempt to disprove an arguement. And since most of Kant is in the form of a logical arguement, a few students took it on. Believe me, we all thought they were crazy for even attempting it. But one student got a fellowship in China due to the work he did.