Stand Up for Academic Freedom!

BY BETH L. LUECK This is a guest post by Beth L. Lueck, a professor of English in the department of languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. When my younger son came home from a ten-month deployment to Afghanistan in February 2015, he discovered his mother at the center of a right-wing maelstrom […]

via Bullseye on my Back: On Being Targeted by the Right-Wing Media — ACADEME BLOG

*Jules’s Note: This kind of thing is exactly why tenure exists to begin with–all those right-wingers who hate the concept of tenure need to understand that as teachers we often ask students to pursue topics they might not agree with because they need to understand how to argue, what all the sides may argue, and why they really believe what they do. Without the ability to encourage students to question and think, a teacher isn’t really a teacher. And “tenure” (aka due process rights) was initially instituted to protect teachers from political pressure influencing the classroom. Academic freedom must be protected. Join us in supporting Professor Lueck and others like her by signing the open letter regarding Professor Watchlist and its chilling and violent effects.

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