Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Debate Over the Academic Bill of Rights

Columbia professor Todd Gitlin argues against legislative efforts to correct liberal bias in the country's universities.

Censorship is inexcusable; instructors ought not use classrooms as recruiting stations, and any serious institution must guarantee appeals against arbitrary punishment. But Horowitz’s academic bill of rights invites legislatures to rush in where conservative students fear to tread. Do the crusaders realize how patronizing they sound—and how reckless? Should lawmakers who bean-count the political loyalties of the faculty really serve as proper judges of intellectual integrity?Whatever happened to small government?


David Horowitz, a proponent of the legislation, responds to similar questions in a debate with UCLA professor Russell Jacoby.

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