Fish is on an admirable search for truth, according to Meilaender:
“You will never,” Fish writes, “hear in any of my classes the some-people-say-X-but-others-say-Y-and-who’s-to-judge dance. What I strive to determine, together with my students, is which of the competing accounts of a matter (an academic not a political matter) is the right one and which are wrong.”
But Meilaender has a helpful rejoinder which might give you insight into yourself, your students, or other college-age young people you know:
I do not disagree, but I think Fish . . . might ponder a bit more why it is that many students are drawn to the “who’s-to-judge dance.”
They are drawn to this position for the most understandable of reasons—and one for which we ought to have considerable sympathy. Theirs is, essentially, a posture of self-defense. Knowing that many of their beliefs are being deliberately undermined in their classes, and knowing also that (most of the time) they are not yet in a position to articulate a full defense of their views, they take refuge in tolerance. You are entitled to your opinion, which I ought not criticize. And, thankfully, this means that I am also entitled to my opinion, which you ought not criticize.