Academic Freedom: Illusions, Allusions, and Conclusions

Kathy Menzie


Academic freedom - fine sounding words that call to one's mind the freedoms Americans enjoy - freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to practice religion, and freedom to gather with others. But what is academic freedom? Is it the freedom to say what one wants in the classroom? Is it the freedom to refuse to sign a loyalty oath? Is it the freedom to assign grades to students? Is it the freedom to choose the play or the books students will read in one's class?

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