A columnist for The Harvard Crimson urged her fellow liberals to abandon their "obsession" with academic freedom.
"Yet the liberal obsession with 'academic freedom' seems a bit misplaced to me," Sandra Korn, a Crimson editorial writer and Harvard student wrote. "After all, no one ever has 'full freedom' in research and publication. ... 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?'"
Rather than promoting academic freedom, Korn suggests using "a more rigorous standard" of "academic justice." more >>
An official from the University of Alabama has delivered an apology to a pro-life student group for removing their display at a campus facility.
Carl Bacon, director of the Ferguson Center, sent an emailed apology to Bama Students for Life stating that their display could return to the center after being removed.
"Please accept my apology that your display was removed without your knowledge two days before your reserved time expired. You have two options available to you to complete your 30-day reservation," wrote Bacon. more >>
A high school in North Carolina has decided to allow students to form a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance after initially refusing to do so. In the past few weeks, the school's district has received letters from the SSA, Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union encouraging them to allow the club.
Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C., reportedly met with student Kalei Wilson this week, granting her permission to start a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance.
"We are thrilled to see this victory for Kalei and all of the students at Pisgah High School!" August E. Brunsman IV, executive director of the SSA, said in a statement. "We fight everyday to ensure students' rights aren't infringed upon, and are pleased with this response from Haywood County Schools." more >>
A University of Connecticut assistant football coach who previously made waves for saying "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle" has resigned for personal reasons purportedly unrelated to the controversy regarding his comments.
Ernest Jones, who served as the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, resigned from his post just two months after being hired. Both he and newly hired head coach Bob Diaco previously served at the Catholic university of Notre Dame.
"Ernest has resigned his position effective immediately here at the university after deep introspection and reflection," Diaco said in a statement Monday, according to The Hartford Courant. "And it is entirely family and personally related." more >>
Scholars, especially political scientists, have become irrelevant to public debates, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued Saturday. After scolding the academic discipline for not engaging the public and using new tools, such as Twitter and blogs, political scientists went to their blogs and Twitter feeds to let Kristof know that they are doing exactly what Kristof complains they are not doing.
"Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates," Kristof wrote.
"The most stinging dismissal of a point is to say: 'That's academic.' In other words, to be a scholar is, often, to be irrelevant." more >>
WASHINGTON – A Christian panelist, David Kotter, argued that Ayn Rand's libertarian hero John Galt was unconsciously modeled on Jesus Christ. A follower of Rand, William R Thomas, agreed that Galt was modeled after Christ, but argued that Rand consciously intended to do so.
Kotter, visiting scholar at The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, insisted that Rand did base her character off of Jesus, although she likely did it unconsciously. "I would encourage you to read the gospel of Matthew and then read Atlas [Shrugged]," Rand's book featuring John Galt. "Ayn Rand imbibed ideas from the character of Jesus," Kotter declared. He described Galt as "the man who by perfect reason is the epitome of manhood, and is very similar to Jesus." more >>