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Does academic freedom allow professors to teach repugnant theories?

  • It should, but I think that right is slipping away.

    Professors should have the right to research and teach subjects without constraint. Students should have a right to debate the ideas that they disagree with, but students should not request that discourse and debate be shut down just because they don't like or agree with an idea. This is a dangerous stifling of free speech and freedom of ideas, which universities used to be about.

  • Academic freedom allows professors to teach repugnant theories.

    Academic freedom allows professors to teach repugnant theories. Academic freedom gives teachers the right to bring up any subject that is unpopular or may be deemed offensive by certain groups of people. Academic freedom protects teachers or instructors from being unfairly disciplined for discussing a theory which may be unpopular.

  • Yes, students benefit from diverse opinions.

    I believe that professors should be allowed to teach repugnant theories in the name of academic freedom. Students benefit from an environment where they are presented with many diverse opinions and deciding which is best for themselves. This allows the student to develop his or her critical thinking skills which are critical in today's world.

  • Academic freedom allows this.

    Academic freedom allows professors to teach repugnant theories. Academic freedom allows professors to teach whatever theories they want as long as this applies to the course they are teaching. Unlike middle school and high school teachers, professors do not get tested on performance with tests of their students on a national and state level. This allows them to teach whatever theories they want.

  • And they do.

    Yes, academic freedom allows professors to teach repugnant theories, because you often hear about professors teaching bizarre things. With tenure, professors are given free reign to tell their students that certain things are true, even if there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and even if it is not what parents want their children to learn.

  • Professors need to be smart

    Academic freedom should not allow college professors to teach repugnant theories. If they want to preach them, they can leave the school and teach them on their own free time. The students and parents do not want to pay high tuition costs and then go listen to teachers profess crazy theories.


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