Sunday, January 08, 2006

The American Historical Association votes to criticize 'Academic Bill of Rights'

Historians voted at their annual meeting to condemn Horowitz's attack on academic independence.

Apparently, there was a debate about whether this should extend to all forms of speech codes on campus. The council decided not to extend their condemnation, arguing that the current threat was the "academic bill of rights," not speech codes, which have been blocked by courts in the past.

I am sympathetic to intellectual freedoms of all types, so I can understand the argument that this kind of condemnation should include all codes that want to restrict independent discussion on campus. However, we know that is not what the Horowitzers of the world want.

Inside Higher Ed :: More Criticism of 'Academic Bill of Rights'

1 comment:

David said...

I was one of the sponsors of the substitute resolution. You imply that speech codes have been rendered defunct by court rulings but this is not true. Cases involving enforcement of speech codes are in the news every day. In December, for example, several students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for violated a "speech zone."