academic freedom


Definition of academic freedom

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Patton’s name is now known, and should be, to defenders of academic freedom. Greg Weiner, National Review, "Cancel Culture Is Not the Problem; Conformity Culture Is," 10 Sep. 2020 The government has denied that the law threatens academic freedom. James Griffiths, CNN, "As Hong Kong's academic year begins, it's unclear what can legally be said in a classroom -- and whether student activism is a thing of the past," 3 Sep. 2020 Few of them have actually exerted influence in a heavy-handed way, but they have been known to shape research projects to reinforce CCP narratives, harming academic freedom and improving local perceptions of the Chinese government in the process. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, "American University Administrators Must Step Up to Fight Beijing’s Authoritarian Influence," 23 Aug. 2020 The government points out that under the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, academic freedom of expression is enshrined. The Economist, "Profs and loss China is killing academic freedom in Hong Kong," 23 Aug. 2020 Defenders of the law have argued that the city’s academic freedom would remain untouched. Amy Qin And,, "To ‘protect young minds,’ Hong Kong moves to overhaul schools," 11 July 2020 Jackson appreciates the academic freedom at ASU, home to the Global Sport Institute, that allows for open dialogue on issues as sensitive as cancelling a football season. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona State professor advocates canceling college football season for more than COVID-19," 9 July 2020 The organization seeks to defend academic freedom, whether for students or faculty. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Muslim student sues Scottsdale Community college and professor over Islam quiz questions," 3 June 2020 Orban, a far-right politician, has cracked down on civil society, academic freedom and other liberties. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of academic freedom

1863, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2020

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“Academic freedom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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