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ERIC Number: EJ1229315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0363-4523
Distinguishing (the) Right from Wrong: Knowledge, Curriculum, and Intellectual Responsibility
Lawless, Brandi; Rudick, C. Kyle; Golsan, Kathryn
Communication Education, v68 n4 p481-495 2019
Given the political Right's attacks on U.S. academics as too liberal, we broach questions about knowledge production and curriculum development. We first explore how the Right has used arguments for freedom of speech and ideological diversity to undermine higher education's mission in the hope of polluting the public sphere with ideas that are deeply erroneous and destructive. We then describe the mission of higher education to serve as a "quality control" mechanism for ideas in the public sphere and reaffirm the importance of "academic freedom" in safeguarding that mission. We end by calling for communication and instruction scholars in particular, and academics in general, to safeguard their academic expertise against "Post-Truth" attacks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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