The Professoriate and the Truth

Tech Central Station is carrying the text of an interesting lecture on the state of higher education. What’s interesting about it is that it was given at a conference of educators, and it rails against the intolerance of dissent against the liberal political ideal that currently prevails in college campuses.

I, myself, am more or less liberal, but unlike many others at UT and elsewhere I feel that college campuses should be places where controversial ideas on race, sexuality, religion, etc, should be discussed openly; those who espouse unpopular and politically incorrect ideas should be welcomed to debate, not shouted down; and the purpose of tenure is to allow professors to research in controversial areas and to hold controversial opinions on any topic without fear of political reprisal against their job. Although it may be old news to some, it’s still refreshing to see a professor stand up at a meeting of professors and attack ideas that are currently held as doctrine at universities.


One Response to “The Professoriate and the Truth”

  1. Christy Says:

    The unintended consequence of the tenure system is that it protects people who are incompetent, nuts, don’t care anymore, etc. Now pretty much the only reason anyone gets fired post-tenure is for political reasons.

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