Posted By LAF Editor on March 12, 2014
A columnist for the Harvard Crimson, the university’s campus newspaper is telling school officials that they need to start abolishing free speech and research that goes against the school’s liberal ideology. Sandra Korn, a senior wrote The Doctrine of Academic Freedom: Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice, in which she states:
“Yet the liberal obsession with ‘academic freedom’ seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has ‘full freedom’ in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever ‘free’ from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’”?
“Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of ‘academic justice.’ When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.”
The examples she gives in her articles demonstrates her view that if anything differs from the liberal, pro-feminist, pro-homosexual and anti-traditional family values of the majority of academics and students on the Harvard campus, they should not be allowed.
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