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The Shibboleth of Academic Freedom


by Herbert B. Alexander ó 1939

SURE, they're for it. The whole 950,000 of them! Do they have it? Of course they do! A teacher can teach anything she wants in this country, and nobody is there to tell her she canít. Ask anybody who teaches shorthand or Latin or geometry, if you doubt it. Only cranks and Reds ever get into trouble, and they suffer from either frustration or paranoia. All the principals and presidents are for academic freedom too. Was there ever an inauguration in which the freshly inducted president did not extoll the merits of free inquiry? Even though immoral and subversive doctrines have at times been disseminated from their lecture halls, the great American universities have not been shaken in their steadfast loyalty to the ideal of academic freedom.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1939, p. 288-292
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13955, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 8:27:34 PM

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