Knowledge in the Making: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America's Schools and Universities

Knowledge in the Making: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America's Schools and Universities

by Joan DelFattore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300111819

ISBN-13: 9780300111811

Pub. Date: 11/16/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

How free are students and teachers to express unpopular ideas in public schools and universities? Not free enough, Joan DelFattore suggests. Wading without hesitation into some of the most contentious issues of our times, she investigates battles over a wide range of topics that have fractured school and university communities—homosexuality-themed children's

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How free are students and teachers to express unpopular ideas in public schools and universities? Not free enough, Joan DelFattore suggests. Wading without hesitation into some of the most contentious issues of our times, she investigates battles over a wide range of topics that have fractured school and university communities—homosexuality-themed children's books, research on race-based intelligence, the teaching of evolution, the regulation of hate speech, and more—and with her usual evenhanded approach offers insights supported by theory and by practical expertise.

Two key questions arise: What ideas should schools and universities teach? And what rights do teachers and students have to disagree with those ideas? The answers are not the same for K–12 schools as they are for public universities. But far from drawing a bright line between them, DelFattore suggests that we must consider public education as a whole to determine how—and how successfully—it deals with conflicting views.

When expert opinion clashes with popular belief, which should prevail? How much independence should K–12 teachers have? How do we foster the cutting-edge research that makes America a world leader in higher education? What are the free-speech rights of students? This uniquely accessible and balanced discussion deserves the full attention of everyone concerned with academic goals and agendas in our schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300111811
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................     ix     

Acknowledgments....................     xiii     

1 A Seat at the Table....................     1     

2 Freedom and (or) Equality....................     27     

3 Price-Fixing in the Free Marketplace of Ideas....................     56     

4 Rainbow Before the Storm....................     85     

5 Here Comes Darwin....................     117     

6 And Yet It Moves....................     147     

7 The Mote and the Beam....................     179     

8 All Roads Lead to Garcetti....................     214     

9 Caution! Paradigms May Shift....................     239     

Afterword....................     268     

Notes....................     273     

Index....................     299     


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