ERIC Number: ED252461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Academic Freedom: Crisis and Prevention.
Hirsh, Stephanie A.; Kemerer, Frank R.
This document was prepared to inform teachers about their academic freedom rights and to assist teachers who are confronted with a potential academic freedom issue. It provides (1) an essay which outlines the issues, (2) a list of significant decisions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and their implications, (3) steps to follow when academic freedom is threatened, (4) questions and answers relevant to academic freedom, (5) calls for nominations for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Academic Freedom Award, (6) the nomination form, (7) an application for financial assistance from the NCSS Defense Fund, (8) a list of organizations supporting academic freedom, (9) an annotated bibliography, and (10) revised NCSS academic freedom policy statements. The essay, "Academic Freedom: The Issues," discusses three categories of academic freedom: freedom of association, freedom of speech outside the classroom, and freedom of speech inside the classroom. The fact is pointed out that professional associations for educators have repeatedly affirmed the importance of academic freedom and the need to exercise the right responsibly so that students are aware of opposing viewpoints and the rights of people holding these views are respected. (IS)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Professional Autonomy, School Community Relationship, School Policy, Social Studies, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Rights, Teaching Methods
National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: For earlier NCSS Policy Statements on Academic Freedom, see ED 005 064.