Liberty and Learning: Academic Freedom for Teachers and Students

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"I strongly encourage teachers, administrators, districts, and state boards of education to make time to read this book together. David Moshman's flawless research, probing questions, and insightful principles will lay the foundation for a new era in academic freedom, perhaps prompting school systems to create strong policies to guard against challenges to intellectual freedom."

-ReLeah Cossett Lent

Co-author of At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom

Academic freedom, argues David Moshman, is neither a special privilege of college faculty nor a First Amendment right of individual teachers and students. Rather, academic freedom is intellectual freedom in academic contexts, consisting of five principles that everyone is obligated to respect:

  • Freedom of belief and identity
  • Freedom of expression and discussion
  • Freedom of inquiry
  • Freedom from indoctrination
  • Rights of equality, privacy, and due process

Moshman succinctly shows readers how these principles resolve some of the most intractable problems facing education today. On matters ranging from evolution to sex education to the literary canon, his principles address the concerns of teachers, administrators, students, parents, and their communities alike, providing tools that promote real student learning and thinking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325021218
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Moshman has studied and advocated the intellectual and First Amendment rights of students of all ages since 1981. A professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he developed the principles of academic freedom adopted by the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska in 1999. He is the author of Adolescent Psychological Development: Rationality, Morality, and Identity.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Releah Cossett Lent vii

Preface xi

Part 1 Liberty, Learning, and Academic Freedom 1

Chapter 1 With Liberty for Whom? 3

Institutional Autonomy 4

Faculty Autonomy 5

Student Rights 6

Parental Authority 8

Education By and For the Community 9

Conclusion: Academic Freedom as Intellectual Freedom 11

A Legal Interlude 13

Chapter 2 The Constitutionalization of Academic Freedom 15

Freedom from Indoctrination West Virginia v. Barnette 16

Keyishian v. Board of Regents: Intellectual Freedom in Education 22

Chapter 3 From Armbands to Bong Hits in the U.S. Supreme Court 30

Freedom of Expression Tinker v. Des Moines 30

School Authority over Curriculum Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier 32

Bong Hits 4 Jesus Morse v. Frederick 40

Conclusion 42

Chapter 4 Principles of Academic Freedom 46

1 Freedom of Belief and Identity 47

2 Freedom of Expression and Discussion 48

3 Freedom of Inquiry 50

4 Freedom from Indoctrination 51

5 Equality, Privacy, and Due Process 54

Conclusion 55

Part 2 Academic Freedom in Practice 57

Chapter 5 Canon to the Right of Us, Canon to the Left: Literature, Selection, and Censorship 59

Chapter 6 Apes and Evolutionists: Biology and Ideology 72

Chapter 7 "Don't Know Much About History": Genocide, Denial, and Indoctrination 86

Chapter 8 Tolerating the Intolerant: Bad Words and Worse 98

Chapter 9 The Birds, the Bees, and the Censors: Sex Education and Its Discontents 108

Chapter 10 Doing Right and Being Good: Morality, Values, and Character 120

Chapter 11 Ultimate Questions: Religion and Beyond 132

Appendix Principles of Academic Freedom 143

Book Study 145

References and SuggestedReadings 147

Index 155

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