academic freedom


Definition of academic freedom

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

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The third reason is that academic freedom serves as an error-correction mechanism. The Economist, "“Academic mobbing” undermines open inquiry and destroys the soul of universities," 23 July 2019 But Hopkins President Ron Daniels previously defended the ICE contracts as a matter of academic freedom. Pamela Wood,, "100-plus protesters march against ICE in nearly 100-degree heat in Baltimore," 22 July 2019 Faculty members and college and district leadership will be required to complete training on free speech and academic freedom. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa Community Colleges settles faculty lawsuit over bargaining for $112,000," 26 June 2019 American higher education faces many difficulties, not least soaring costs and the decline of academic freedom. Philip Hamburger, WSJ, "Stop Feeding College Bureaucratic Bloat," 2 June 2019 Similarly, millions of the best young Chinese minds have experienced the academic freedom of American universities. Kishore Mahbubani, Harper's magazine, "What China Threat?," 10 Feb. 2019 But Marquette University maintained McAdams' contract doesn't guarantee academic freedom and his discipline was just about his actions bringing harm to a student. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette professor John McAdams prevails: Five takeaways from Wisconsin Supreme Court decision," 6 July 2018 These philanthropic funds will maintain the massive bureaucracy that coddles hypersensitive students while issuing hollow claims to uphold academic freedom and dissent. Paul S. Levy, WSJ, "University Boardrooms Need Reform," 10 June 2018 As the service’s premier institution for teaching officers about strategy, the war college had a long tradition of publishing contrasting views under the banner of academic freedom. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of academic freedom

1863, in the meaning defined above

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