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Dahlgren, Robert L. – Cogent Education, 2016
Academic freedom has long been a sacrosanct principle in higher education; however, the same rights to intellectual autonomy have rarely been afforded K-12 practitioners. In times of national political crisis, the abilities of teachers to engage students in the crucial debates about contemporary public policy issues have been stretched to the…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Public Schools, Educational History, United States History
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O'Neil, Robert M. – Social Education, 2010
Hardly a week passes without yet another highly visible court case involving the rights and freedoms of secondary school students. The subject matter of these lawsuits is as varied as the activities of the students who have gone to court to vindicate their legal interests. The outcome of such cases also runs the gamut; some student plaintiffs (and…
Descriptors: Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Courts, Court Litigation
Wilhelm, Terry – Leadership, 2006
Program Improvement (PI) and School Assistance and Intervention Teams (SAIT) programs place rigorous, narrowly defined requirements upon monitored schools and districts, with corrective actions typically written as both school-level and district-level interventions. The requirements, known as the Essential Program Components, aim to enable schools…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Achievement Gains, Sanctions
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Fege, Arnold F. – PTA Today, 1991
Discusses censorship in public schools, noting how parents can help protect academic freedom. School districts must develop a policy for selection of instructional materials, and parents must be meaningfully involved in the selection. The public school's role in assuring a balanced curriculum with a free exchange of ideas is examined. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials
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Goldman, Louis – Journal of General Education, 1985
Examines the history, magnitude, causes, consequences, and remedies of grade inflation. Predicts the erosion of professional autonomy and academic freedom if schools abandon the task of conscientiously assessing what students have learned and external agencies take on the task. (DMM)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Academic Standards, Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education
Gryphon, Marie; Meyer, Emily A. – 2003
This paper examines the American tradition of educational freedom, following its ebb and flow at various points in history. America's ethos of educational freedom has always been strong, tied to its values of pluralism, tolerance, and free inquiry. However, its legacy of freedom has suffered repeated assaults by individuals and groups who wish to…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Civil Liberties, Democracy, Educational Legislation
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Kleine, Glen – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1975
The opportunity to speak out grows less and less possible as students progress in our schools. Freedom is seen here as a pervasive need for better communication and more participation in institutional governance by students. (Editor/RK)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Practices, Freedom of Speech
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Uphoff, James K.; Helms, Ronald G. – Social Education, 1975
Basic areas of academic freedom, questions for clarification of rights and responsibilities, questionnaires for assessing the health of academic freedom in individual schools, and a procedure for combating an attack on academic freedom are provided in this teacher's guide. (DE)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives
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Agee, Hugh – ALAN Review, 1993
Argues that one of the primary roles of any school principal is to act as champion of students' rights of academic and intellectual freedom. Provides five steps that principals can take to preserve intellectual freedom in their schools. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrator Role, Censorship, Intellectual Freedom
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Lee, Daniel E.; Garrett, Jack A. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2005
The freedom to pursue intellectual inquiries wherever they might lead and the freedom to give expression to one's views, whatever they might be, are crucial for the intellectual health of educational institutions. But while those who teach zealously defend their own academic freedom, they sometimes overlook the fact that academic freedom is just…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Adolescents, Academic Freedom, Classroom Techniques
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Hart, Ann Weaver – High School Journal, 1983
Issues and responsibilities related to academic freedom in secondary schools are addressed, indicating that the issues are as diverse as the institutions and individuals involved. Legislation limiting academic freedom, parental control, comparisons between academic freedom in secondary and higher education, as well as specific cases are among the…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Political Influences
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Sacken, Donal M. – Teachers College Record, 1989
This article investigates the uncertain history of academic freedom in public schools, from the viewpoint of the courts' understanding and related commentaries. Also considered is the magnitude of teachers' classroom discretion, and whether courts are likely to treat content and pedagogical conflicts differently. (IAH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Collective Bargaining, Court Litigation
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O'Neil, Robert M. – Academic Medicine, 1996
Discusses the impact of a report on tenure and academic freedom at medical schools by the American Association of University Professors' special Subcommittee on Medical Schools. The report calls for adequate faculty consultation, consistency with general academic standards, and scrupulous observance of fairness and due process in regard to tenure…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Institutional Role
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Robinson, Stephen – English Journal, 1981
A statement on the ever-present need to fight for freedom of speech and against censorship. (RL)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Educational Needs, Educational Principles
Pipkin, Gloria; Lent, ReLeah Cossett – 2002
Over the last two decades, the co-authors of this book have worked together to build a tradition of intellectual freedom within public schools. The book describes their struggles as cultural workers, the pedagogical and legal strategies they employed, the resistance they encountered, the lessons they learned, and the impact that they have seen on…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Adolescent Literature, Censorship, Community Involvement
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