Definitions for academic freedom
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
freedom of a teacher or student to explore an idea or issue without interference from officials.
Origin of academic freedom:
the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
The right to teach or learn freely without unreasonable interference from authority.
Origin: First attested in 1901.
Academic freedom is the belief that the freedom of inquiry by faculty members is essential to the mission of the academy as well as the principles of academia, and that scholars should have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts without being targeted for repression, job loss, or imprisonment. Academic freedom is a contested issue and, therefore, has limitations in practice. In the United States, for example, according to the widely recognized "1940 Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure", teachers should be careful to avoid controversial matter that is unrelated to the subject. When they speak or write in public, they are free to express their opinions without fear from institutional censorship or discipline, but they should show restraint and clearly indicate that they are not speaking for their institution. Academic tenure protects academic freedom by ensuring that teachers can be fired only for causes such as gross professional incompetence or behavior that evokes condemnation from the academic community itself.
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