June 20, 1997
The Danger Inherent in Abusing Academic Freedom
Here's a two-part pop quiz that any tenured professor should be able to pass, but that most probably can't: What is academic freedom? How did the concept develop?
I would have flunked that quiz myself a few months ago. Although"academic freedom" is the phrase that serves as the foundation of the work of faculty members and administrators, and, indeed, is used to justify everything from voicing unpopular views to refusing to keep office hours, I realized that after almost 10 years in