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Intellectual Freedom

'Christian' College Gives Heave-Ho To Professor For Supporting LGBT People

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

So my old alma mater is getting rid of yet another tenured faculty member who doesn't bend to its narrow understanding of Christianity and dares to publicly support LGBT people.

Dismissive of 'Rape Culture,' a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against 'Sensitivity'

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2015 | College
Elizabeth Nicholas

If you only read Shulevitz's article, you might believe an epidemic of overly dramatic rape victims and overly-sensitivity responses to them was sweeping the country.

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

English Teachers Adopt Statement on Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
David Moshman

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has adopted a new position statement on academic freedom. The statement consists of two introductory paragraphs and five principles.

Walking on Sacred Ground: Why Harvard is Sorely Mistaken to allow a Black Mass on Campus.

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

We, as Americans, rightly hold to our freedom of speech and expression, but civility and goodwill, indeed those things by virtue of which we can cry out "We the People" in establishing those rights, demand more of us.

Re-Thinking Intelligence

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

We love intelligence, we respect intelligence and we laud it. We also have a bevy of assumptions around this intangible, ineffable but very powerful...

Students: Exercise Your Intellectual Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
David Moshman

Come to school to think: Of course you should come to school to learn. But you should think about what you learn, how it relates to what you already know, and why you should (or shouldn't) believe it. This will enhance both your learning and your thinking.

Young Africans Speaking Up

David Moshman | Posted 07.14.2013 | Home
David Moshman

Estelline says her participation in performances of her local culture club "helps the audience, especially those who became orphans because this shows...

Deliberative Democracy Outreasons Enlightened Dictatorship

David Moshman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
David Moshman

A recently published study compared tiny democracies to tiny dictatorships. The democracies, on average, were more rational.

An Anti-Censorship Handbook for Educators

David Moshman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Education
David Moshman

How to prepare? Don't wait for a challenge. Get a policy in place, including clear and fair procedures and a written form that encourages those who object to a book to consider the work as a whole and requires them to state specific objections and requests.

Unlearning Liberty: Hazelwood at 25

David Moshman | Posted 03.08.2013 | College
David Moshman

After 1988, as I anticipated, the news just kept getting worse. Although Hazelwood involved censorship of high school student journalists, the decision has been applied to a broad range of curricular contexts, to teachers as well as students, and to higher education.

A University Administrator Who Supported Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
David Moshman

Sometimes administrators do the right thing. One who supported intellectual freedom on multiple occasions was E. Benjamin Andrews, who was honored November 3 by the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) at its 25th annual membership meeting.

Are U.S. Iranian Sanctions Self-Defeating?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

As the promotion of democracy coincides directly with a population's ability to freely access information and facilitate meaningful exchanges, policy makers must be careful that sanction legislation is not so broad or undefined that it becomes self-defeating and prohibits the very freedoms it serves to protect.

Compulsory Patriotism: Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance

David Moshman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Education
David Moshman

Should the pledge be required? Should patriotism be compulsory? Can it be? The Supreme Court, it turns out, has already addressed these questions.

Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and First Amendment Rights of College Faculty

David Moshman | Posted 06.18.2011 | College
David Moshman

We should not be lulled into complacency about the state of academic freedom. At the academic core of teaching and research, intellectual freedom is no longer protected by the First Amendment.

Did Arizona Ban Ethnic Studies? Not Exactly

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Although legislatures have a legitimate role in providing for student access, academic integrity and intellectual freedom in public schools, they have no business telling teachers what to teach.

Academic Freedom in High School and Kindergarten

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Perhaps we can't run a kindergarten like a college, but we can provide students of all ages with a curriculum determined by teachers and other experts on academic grounds and encourage them to figure things out.

Academic Freedom: Not Just for College Professors

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Teachers should have intellectual freedom because such freedom enhances the quality of education and research, thus serving the common good.

Liberty and Learning: Academic Freedom as Intellectual Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

The aim of this new blog is to explain and promote academic freedom, which provides schools with academic integrity, maximizes the quality of education and research, and protects students from indoctrination.

Banned Books Week 2010

American Library Association | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
American Library Association

15 of the most iconic, popular, and/or celebrated movies of all time -- all of which are based on books that have been banned, formally challenged, or burned.

A Classroom View of Climate Deniers

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Caitlin Grey As a high school senior ...

Farewell to Judith Krug, Champion for Intellectual Freedom

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Patricia Martin

Ever vigilant about protecting Americans' Constitutional rights, Krug liked to snuff out First Amendment powder kegs before they exploded in people's faces.

By Way of Clarification

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Ultimately, no one wins when ideology, whether progressive or reactionary, is allowed to prevail over diversity of ideas, and human will.