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ERIC Number: EJ782340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-9
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A Round of Statements Comes out in Defense of Academic Freedom
Gravois, John
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n11 pA14 Nov 2007
This fall has been a season of flag planting for defenders of academic freedom. It began in September, when the American Association of University Professors released its statement, "Freedom in the Classroom." Then in October, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released its own statement of principles on the topic. Later that month, a new group called the Ad Hoc Committee to Defend the University posted an online statement asking professors to pledge their resistance to outside interference in tenure decisions. Finally, last week the American Federation of Teachers, one of academe's largest labor unions, released its first comprehensive statement on academic freedom. That's a lot of statements--especially considering that they all basically agree with one another. Most of their authors admit that they essentially rearticulate--and sometimes update--the AAUP's seminal 1940 statement on academic freedom and tenure. So why the pileup? According to Robert C. Post, a law professor at Yale University who contributed to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' statement, the recent flurry of pronouncements is not about sending academic freedom back to the drawing board. It is about sending in reinforcements. The AFT's statement presents itself as an attempt to frame the issues of academic freedom for an era when tenure is breaking down.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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