Saturday, April 16, 2005

Thought police strikes again

Universities discover and invoke academic freedom and tolerance when controversies like the Ward Churchill affair arise. But, as this article shows, academic freedom and tolerance are invoked and applied selectively.

After all, the university is committed to academic freedom. Its faculty has the "freedom and an obligation … (to) discuss and pursue the faculty member’s subject with candor and integrity, even when the subject requires consideration of topics which may be politically, socially or scientifically controversial. … (a) faculty member…shall not be subjected to censorship or discipline by the University ... on grounds that the faculty member has expressed opinions or views which are controversial, unpopular or contrary to the attitudes of the University…or the community."

None of this applies to professors who dissent from socialist, statist, or culturally left-wing views, however, as I would find out.


EdWonk said...

We've linked this post on our latest Tales From The Trenches: Classroom Teachers Speak

It may be seen here:

Jonathan Kallay said...

Can we continue our conversations over email? I can be reached at

Instructivist said...

I think our discussion would also be of interest to some readers. I would therefore prefer to discuss these issues in a public venue.

In general, I try not to spend too much time at the computer. Many of your points deserve a detailed answer (e.g. your charitable views on NCTM). I will try to muster the effort.

Eduquackery (i.e. progressive education) has been around in this country for over a hundred years.

There is a remarkable book written in the early 50s that dissects eduquackery in the public schools. It's as fresh as the morning dew and could have been written yesterday. The book, not surprisingly, is called Quackery in the Public Schools by Albert Lynd.

The chapters on the origin of PE, Dewey and Kilpatrick are priceless. (Chaps VII, VIII and IX).

The book should be available in any good research library. I am dreaming of scanning and posting these chapters somehow.

Shy Ritz said...

hey look what I found. This looks like the same article we did our timed essay on...