Archive for March 25, 2005

And the Academic Bill of Rights is old…

2 years ago the American Association of University Professors (who are qouted in the Academic Bill of Rights) spoke out against it:

“The past year has witnessed repeated efforts to establish what has been called an “Academic Bill of Rights.” Based upon data purporting to show that
Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans in faculty positions, and citing official statements and principles of the American Association of University Professors, advocates of the Academic Bill of Rights would require universities to maintain political pluralism and diversity. This requirement is said to enforce the principle that “no political, ideological or religious orthodoxy should be imposed on professors and researchers through the hiring or tenure or termination process.”1 Although Committee A endorses this principle, which we shall call the “principle of neutrality,” it believes that the Academic Bill of Rights is an improper and dangerous method for its implementation. There are already mechanisms in place that protect this principle, and they work well. Not only is the Academic Bill of Rights redundant, but, ironically, it also infringes academic freedom in the very act of purporting to protect it.”

The bill was attempted to pass in Colorado.
David Horowitz had this to say

oh yeah David has a group that’s trying to get Student Bodies to embrace it

March 25, 2005 at 6:56 pm 4 comments

Qoutes From the “Academic Freedom Bill of Rights”

Some of these are just amazing:

Bad ideas

(3)Students have a right to expect that their academic
freedom and the quality of their education will not be infringed
upon by instructors who persistently introduce controversial
matter into the classroom or coursework that has no relation to
the subject of study and serves no legitimate pedagogical purpose.

(5) Students have a right to expect that their academic
institutions will distribute student fee funds on a viewpoint-
neutral basis and will maintain a posture of neutrality with
respect to substantive political and religious disagreements, differences, and opinions.

(6) Faculty and instructors have a right to academic
freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects, but they
should make their students aware of serious scholarly viewpoints
other than their own and should encourage intellectual honesty,
civil debate, and critical analysis of ideas in the pursuit of
knowledge and truth.

WHEREAS, the General Report of the Committee on Academic
Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University
Professors admonished faculty to avoid “taking unfair advantage
of the student’s immaturity by indoctrinating him with the
teacher’s own opinions before the student has had an opportunity
fairly to examine other opinions upon the matters in question,
and before he has sufficient knowledge and ripeness of judgment
to be entitled to form any definitive opinion of his own,”

yeah poor college students, they can’t make up their own minds.

good ideas
(4) Students have a right to expect that freedom of
speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom
of conscience of students and student organizations will not be
infringed upon by postsecondary administrators, student
government organizations, or institutional policies, rules, or procedures.

March 25, 2005 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Stop The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights

Unbelievable legislation attempting to be passed in Florida and California (it’s pending in Ohio too) It’s a law that requires Professors to teach, “serious academic theoriesâ€? and allows, “students who think their beliefs are not being respected legal standing to sue professors and universities.”

Sniplet below TALLAHASSEE — Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out “leftist totalitarianism� by “dictator professors� in the classrooms of Florida’s universities.

The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, passed 8-to-2 despite strenuous objections from the only two Democrats on the committee.

The bill has two more committees to pass before it can be considered by the full House.

While promoting the bill Tuesday, Baxley said a university education should be more than “one biased view by the professor, who as a dictator controls the classroom,� as part of “a misuse of their platform to indoctrinate the next generation with their own views.�

from the California Article: The issue of ideology on college campuses has been sweeping American colleges for the past year, promoted by Los Angeles-based conservative activist David Horowitz. Horowitz’s proposals include expanding “intellectual diversity” by mandating that colleges increase hiring of conservative professors.

Full Article on the Florida bill here:

Full Article on the California bill here:

David Horowitz’s blog is here:

Vote here:


You can read the bill here

March 25, 2005 at 4:07 pm 5 comments

C&G Podcast Vol 3 out now

get it here or just do add to your ipoddder thing.

This time around Glam from Eno + The Winkies, Ne Zhdali, Ruck, Talking Heads, Ernest Ranglin, Eustachian, Madd Cobra, Robert Wilkins, John Tejada, The Congos, Motley Crue, Caetano Veloso, Arthur Russel, M.I.A. & Diplo, Seigen Ono, Ike Yard, A.R.K., Los Latigos, Coco Rosie, Lo Borges, Carl Craig, and Starship Beer.

March 25, 2005 at 12:13 am Leave a comment


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