academic freedom


Definition of academic freedom

: freedom to teach or to learn without interference (as by government officials)

Examples of academic freedom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a lecture on modernism, Dobson ironically gives a Nazi salute, which results in a viral scandal, pitting academic freedom against the campus P.R. goons, who worry about the school’s shrinking endowment. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 De al Torre and Wood came to his defense, saying that academic freedom affords him the right to make controversial remarks. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021 The April events add to documented pressure from the Chinese government to suppress academic freedom abroad. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 27 July 2021 This fight is about ensuring the journalistic and academic freedom of Black writers, researchers, teachers, and students. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 1 July 2021 Within colleges and universities, free speech and academic freedom are considered essential to learning and are the foundation for new ideas and exploration. Marybeth Gasman, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Insisting on policies of transparency and academic freedom might even lay the groundwork for change in future generations. S. Joshua Swamidass, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Tenure is meant to protect academic freedom by preventing faculty members from losing their jobs because of their work, said Irene Mulvey, president of the American Association of University Professors. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 9 July 2021 Twice in the last century, the Supreme Court has come out in favor of academic freedom. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of academic freedom

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Academic freedom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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