If schools aren’t protecting the academic freedoms of students, is it right for the legislators to get involved?
“No bias here,” claim many members of the professoriate, but some students and trustees have a different perspective.
AIA’s Mal Kline recently debated academic freedom issues with Megan Fitzgerald of Campus Free Speech.
At the SAF conference the lines were clearly drawn between the union representatives who claim political harassment and academic bias are isolated cases, and the trustees and reformers who disagree.
When AIA’s Mal Kline debated with professors at American University he learned that balance means using a book critical of The New York Times for being right of center by a teacher who likes that newspaper.
Surprising exchanges took place between Ward Churchill and a number of conservatives “backstage” at the recent Academic Freedom Conference.
Only in the university can a saxophone player who studied music performance teach peace studies.
Faculty members who see an academic freedom issue have opposing ideas for a remedy.
At UC-Davis, student Mason Harrison found out that the number one terrorist was Jesus Christ.
Drake University has revoked the status of Citizens for Tight Borders, a student group, because of their immigration stance.