Academic freedom

freedom of a teacher to discuss or investigate any controversial social, economic, or political problems without interference or penalty from officials, organized groups, etc.
freedom of a student to explore any field or hold any belief without interference from the teacher.
Contemporary Examples

Levin immediately reassured critics that “academic freedom” would be “guaranteed” at Yale-NUS.
Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions Alex Klein July 23, 2012

It beguiles the notion of free thought, and the idea that academic freedom stands above political difference.
Hawking’s Israel Boycott In Its UK Context Hannah Weisfeld May 8, 2013

As such, the limitations the ASA boycott resolution places on academic freedom are, themselves, quite limited.
What Does the ASA Boycott Mean? They Don’t Know. Jay Michaelson December 3, 2013

Turning the BDS movement into an issue of academic freedom is deeply misguided and counter-productive for Israel.
When Defending Israel Means Suppressing Academic Freedom, Israel Loses Dov Waxman February 4, 2013

Tenure is usually said to be necessary for academic freedom.
Crazy for Tenure Adam Winkler February 17, 2010

In other words, academic freedom, but only for ideas that elected officials agree with.
NYC Pols Threaten Brooklyn College Funding Over BDS Panel Amy Schiller February 3, 2013

Instead of a debate about BDS, it becomes a debate about academic freedom.
When Defending Israel Means Suppressing Academic Freedom, Israel Loses Dov Waxman February 4, 2013

Historical Examples

In English Universities, on the contrary, there is too little of academic freedom.
The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, November 1879 Various

academic freedom is not without its dangers; but there are dangers which it is safer to face than to avoid.
The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, November 1879 Various

In scholarship and in growth of academic freedom Germany has given the quickening impulse.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1 Various

The right of teachers and students to express their ideas in the classroom or in writing, free from political, religious, or institutional restrictions, even if these ideas are unpopular.


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