Academic Freedom

I meant to share this post by fellow blogger-buddy Hugh Curtler yesterday, but as sometimes happens, I got sidetracked. Hugh, an educator and philosopher, speaks to the current trend of what is happening with higher education in today’s world, and why our young people are graduating from college without having learned the only thing worth learning: to think for themselves. It is an excellent post, and I hope you will take a few moments to read it … it provides much food for thought about what today’s colleges and universities are doing, and what they should be doing.


Back in the day when I was teaching at the collegiate level we worried about academic freedom. In those days, it amounted to insisting that administrators allow faculty of differing opinions and philosophical convictions to speak their minds without recrimination. It also insisted on equal pay for equal work. It degenerated into unionization which, while it did raise salaries and save the careers of a number of faculty members, it also set a tone that I always felt was inimical to the ideals of collegiality that ought to be found on college campuses. But then I have been spitting into the wind so long my saliva is about used up.

Of late, however, the university faculties themselves are interfering with academic freedom. Increasingly, they are refusing to allow speakers to speak on campuses across the country, “controversial” figures like George W. Bush, Madeleine Albright, George Will, Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice, and Ayaan Hirsi…

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