Tenure is supposed to protect professors from retaliation for expressing controversial views. But apparently that is not the case, witness the formation of the Academic Freedom Alliance, a group of 200 scholars whose aim is to defend the right of professors to speak out (“More Defenders of Campus Speech,” The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 10).
It’s a sad commentary that the AFA has to exist because there is tremendous pressure exerted on those who do not toe the party line. Events at Princeton and Stanford are evidence that tenure is not enough to allow the open expression of unpopular views.
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