The Academic Bill of Rights Debate: A Handbook

The Academic Bill of Rights Debate: A Handbook

by Stephen H. Aby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275992446

ISBN-13: 9780275992446

Pub. Date: 08/30/2007

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The Academic Bill of Rights was introduced in 2003 after two decades of conservative critiques of higher education and its faculty. Its goal was to generate legislative initiatives to rein in the tenured radicals who were allegedly dominating higher education and infringing on the academic freedom rights of conservative students. At its root, the debate revolves

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The Academic Bill of Rights was introduced in 2003 after two decades of conservative critiques of higher education and its faculty. Its goal was to generate legislative initiatives to rein in the tenured radicals who were allegedly dominating higher education and infringing on the academic freedom rights of conservative students. At its root, the debate revolves around some core questions: who should teach, and who has the knowledge and training to hire and evaluate faculty; what knowledge should be taught; and most fundamentally, who should make these decisions? Should it be trained faculty, who are specialists in their fields and who were hired to teach and advance knowledge? Or should it be politicians or outsiders, who may be empowered by legislation to interfere in academic decisions? The academic freedom of faculty, and the independence of higher education, depends on the answers to these questions.

This book is the first to bring together a variety of critiques of the Academic Bill of Rights. Furthermore, by including some works by David Horowitz and his critics, as well as websites and a bibliography reflecting various points of view, it gives life to the debate, showing some of the give and take of the arguments. This collection also presents the background on the historical context of academic freedom, showing its fragility and therefore the importance of preserving it. Also featured are some core documents (such as the AAUP's 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure) that are central to the debates. Some of the conservative critiques of higher education are identified in the selective annotated bibliography chapter. And, case studies of how the ABOR was contested in three states where it was introduced as legislation are also included. Finally, this book attempts to refocus concerns about higher education on the real issue: its growing domination by corporate values and interests, converting higher education from a public good into an increasingly private commodity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275992446
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Academic Freedom in Perilous Times   Stephen H. Aby     1
Academic Freedom and the Academic Bill of Rights     17
The More Things Change? Academic Freedom Then and Now   Lawrence Poston     17
What's to Fear: The American Right, Anti-Intellectualism, and the ABOR   Kevin Mattson     31
Academic Freedom, Fragile as Ever   Michael Berube     41
The AAUP-David Horowitz Exchange     53
Academic Bill of Rights$dAmerican Association of University Professors     53
The Professors' Orwellian Case   David Horowitz     57
The Graham Larkin-David Horowitz Debate     67
An Introduction to the Debate   Marcus Harvey     67
What's Not to Like about the Academic Bill of Rights   Graham Larkin     70
AAUP Dishonesty   David Horowitz     77
Larkin Responds to Horowitz   Graham Larkin     79
My Reply to Graham Larkin and the AAUP   David Horowitz     81
Academic vs. Horowitzian Truth Standards   Graham Larkin     86
Relatively Unbalanced: Reply to Larkin II   David Horowitz     88
Are Faculty Too Liberal? Are Universities TooCorporate?     91
Faculty Liberalism and University Corporatism   Rudy Fenwick   John Zipp     91
Higher Education in the Time of the Corporate University: Repeating the Call for Faculty Activism   David D. Witt     108
State Legislation and Reaction     121
Is the Pope Catholic? The Strange Case of the ABOR Debate in Ohio   Rodger Govea     121
In Search of a Problem: The Student Academic Freedom Hearings in Pennsylvania   Mark Smith     134
A Case Study: The Colorado Experience   Dana R. Waller     155
Appendices     175
Academic Bill of Rights     175
AAUP 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure with 1970 Interpretive Comments     177
Why an Academic Bill of Rights Is Necessary to Ensure That Students Get a Quality Education   David Horowitz     187
Testimony by Professor Joan Wallach Scott before the Pennsylvania General Assembly's House Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom     192
Ohio Senate Bill 24     199
American Council on Education: Statement on Academic Rights and Responsibilities     201
Annotated Selected Bibliography     203
Index     225
About the Editor, Contributors, and Reproduced Authors      239

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