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Universities Should Promote Rigorous Discourse, Not Stifle It
Jul 10, 2024 05:46:25   #
ACP45 Loc: Rhode Island
 
"The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an advocacy article that attacks academic freedom and urges stifling contentious campus debates. Specifically, Evan Mullen, Eric J. Topol, and Abraham Verghese urge universities to “speak out publicly” and issue official institutional opinions about public controversies involving its professors “when it concludes that a faculty member’s opinion could cause public harm.”

...." That’s the absolute wrong approach to achieving scholastic and scientific excellence, which requires t***sparency and the freedom to express ideas that may be unpopular today but could well prove true tomorrow."

https://realclearwire.com/articles/2024/07/07/universities_should_promote_rigorous_discourse_not_stifle_it_151217.html

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Jul 10, 2024 09:56:58   #
saltwind 78 Loc: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
 
ACP45 wrote:
"The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an advocacy article that attacks academic freedom and urges stifling contentious campus debates. Specifically, Evan Mullen, Eric J. Topol, and Abraham Verghese urge universities to “speak out publicly” and issue official institutional opinions about public controversies involving its professors “when it concludes that a faculty member’s opinion could cause public harm.”

...." That’s the absolute wrong approach to achieving scholastic and scientific excellence, which requires t***sparency and the freedom to express ideas that may be unpopular today but could well prove true tomorrow."

https://realclearwire.com/articles/2024/07/07/universities_should_promote_rigorous_discourse_not_stifle_it_151217.html
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ACP, There are all kinds of violations of academic freedom. I once took a Summer course at Queens College in NY. The course was Contemporary Civilization or as we know it, Modern World History 11. The teacher was a person that recently converted from Judaism to Catholicism. He spent 90% of the time trying to convert student to his new faith.
I had a teacher in social and political philosophy that was a Protestant clergyman that berated me for being a member of " the Chosen People" without knowing anything about my personal beliefs. This occurred in class.
I have to say that the great majority of my instructors were brilliant, and many even changed some of my long held views. The problem is that Professors with tenure can not be fired. They can do whatever the hell they want in the classroom!
As a high school teacher, I had to follow a very strict curriculum, whether I believed in it or not.

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Jul 10, 2024 14:37:35   #
ACP45 Loc: Rhode Island
 
saltwind 78 wrote:
ACP, There are all kinds of violations of academic freedom. I once took a Summer course at Queens College in NY. The course was Contemporary Civilization or as we know it, Modern World History 11. The teacher was a person that recently converted from Judaism to Catholicism. He spent 90% of the time trying to convert student to his new faith.
I had a teacher in social and political philosophy that was a Protestant clergyman that berated me for being a member of " the Chosen People" without knowing anything about my personal beliefs. This occurred in class.
I have to say that the great majority of my instructors were brilliant, and many even changed some of my long held views. The problem is that Professors with tenure can not be fired. They can do whatever the hell they want in the classroom!
As a high school teacher, I had to follow a very strict curriculum, whether I believed in it or not.
ACP, There are all kinds of violations of academic... (show quote)


Educational institutions should be leading the way on "free speech" issues and open dialog on controversial subjects.

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