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The Left Strikes at Academic Freedom By: Doug Lederman
InsideHigherEd.com | Tuesday, January 03, 2006

InsideHigherEd.com recently published an important article by Doug Lederman discussing the Modern Language Association's recent meeting and panicked reaction to the success of David Horowitz’s Academic Bill of Rights. The largest of the academic professional associations, the MLA has made itself into a laughing stock during the last decade and a half by annual conventions which obsess on decoding invisible racisms, outing cross dressers in literature, decrying the lack of major transgendered writers, and other such issues. But this meeting was of the delegate assembly, the organization’s policy makers, and featured feverish discussion over not one but two resolutions damning the Bill of Rights. 

Horowitz is a target for the members of the MLA because of his success in getting state legislatures around the country to understand that students need protection from tenured radicals’ use of the classroom as a bully pulpit for ideology and propaganda. The fact that the charge against the Academic Bill of Rights was led by professors like Grover Furr (who once called the fall of the USSR a moral disaster) and Barbara Foley (a Sixties Maoist) shows exactly what the stakes are in this battle to guarantee the academic freedom of students and bring the university back to its historic mission of education, not indoctrination. -- The Editors.

Click HERE to read Doug Lederman's article, "Standing Up for Academic Freedom."

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Doug Lederman is editor of InsideHigherEd.com.

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