Thursday, September 08, 2016

Academic Freedom & Free Speech

Although private (Real & Corporate) persons and a limited number of public *** officials/employees may limit the content of "speech" in physical areas under their sole control, public speech, in public places, should only limited to that which "presents a clear and present danger of death or great bodily harm".

The best standard for "Academic Freedom" must not limit contrary positions [As to the "subject at hand"] from being peacefully expressed in classrooms at those times which allow questions or comments.. Any professor/teacher who fails to allow such, during, "comments/question" periods should be fired. Public officials who do the same during like periods at public meetings must be removed-from-office and, perhaps, charged with a "Violation Of Civil Rights Under Color Of Law".
That last does not exempt publicly supported university/college officials at such meetings..

***FOR EXAMPLE: Judges in their court rooms; Lecturing teachers where time constraints do not
allow for any questions/comments; Public officials (Including those in universities) in their private offices as too often occupied by mobs.

AND,  university students, faculty and administrators should welcome challenging or, even, "uncomfortable", speech/ideas. If they refuse to consider them or, worst yet, attempt to suppress them, they should transfer to some institutions in North Korea, The PRC or Cuba.

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