academic freedom


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tenure offers protection for academic freedom, the principle that professors creating knowledge and expressing ideas should be free to do so without the threat of intimidation, retaliation or termination. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2022 Doing so sets up a dangerous precedent for academic freedom, particularly for middle-of-the-road public universities in conservative states, who don’t have the freedom or elite status of private ones. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 4 Oct. 2022 The government has stepped up censorship of social media, suppressed academic freedom and thrown many of its critics in jail. Brian Spegele, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2022 But at many other institutions across the US, treating education as a consumer product very well may result in even greater scrutiny of what educators are teaching, impinging on academic freedom. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 4 Oct. 2022 Like the professors, a group of K-12 teachers and a student claim in a third pending lawsuit that the law violates the Constitution's protections of free expression, academic freedom and access to information in public schools. CBS News, 19 Aug. 2022 Issues that are still contested, and still vitally important today — such as what can be taught, academic freedom, free speech, access, and the high cost of higher education — were central to conversations during the 1960s as well. Marybeth Gasman, Forbes, 3 June 2022 During multiple hearings, educators, lawmakers and experts pushed back against those comments and expressed concerns about the bill’s effect on instruction and academic freedom. al, 17 Mar. 2022 Readers of these pages are well aware that free speech, academic freedom and viewpoint diversity are in big trouble at U.S. universities. Stuart Taylor Jr. And Edward Yingling, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of academic freedom was in 1863

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“Academic freedom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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