ERIC Number: ED347920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-24
Reference Count: 0
Freedom and Ideology: The Debate about Political Correctness. A Symposium.
Balch, Steve; and Others
Civic Arts Review, n5 v1 p4-10 Win 1992
This report presents a panel discussion at which participants discussed the question of political correctness and what the debate shows about what is happening to higher education in the United States and what it suggests about the relationship of higher education to current events in this country, to the world, and to the students who attend. Among the viewpoints are the following: (1) college students believe that politics are a never-ending conflict, corrupt, mean-spirited, and ultimately ineffectual, i.e. it never solves any problems people really care about; (2) college students see institutions of higher education as irrelevant to political life; (3) the responsibility of academic leadership is to keep the university open to the fullest and freest expression of differing views even when the expression of those views produces anger, hostility, and divisiveness; and (4) the lack of leadership on the part of institutional leaders and lack of honesty by faculty members leads to difficulty in having meaningful discourse about political correctness. Finally, the university is thought to have become more politically adversarial in ways that are opposed to the kind of thinking and living together that it would like to represent. (GLR)
Descriptors: Conferences, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Leadership, Political Influences, Political Issues, Politics of Education, School Responsibility, Social Change, Student Attitudes, Trend Analysis
Arneson Institute, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH 43015.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Ohio Wesleyan Univ., Delaware. Arneson Inst.
Identifiers: Political Correctness
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (74th, Washington, DC, January 22-25, 1992).