Tenure is an anachronism

South Carolina is considering eliminating tenure in all its public colleges and universities (“Does Tenure Do More Harm Than Good These Days?” National Review, Jan. 3).  I say it’s time to do so.

The original purpose of tenure was to protect professors from being dismissed for their controversial research and teaching.  But today academic freedom no longer exists, as witnessed by the existence of cancel culture. So why persist in the fiction that tenure is needed?

All tenure does today, therefore, is to make it hard to fire professors who are ineffective teachers and mediocre researchers.  In short, tenure gives them the equivalent of diplomatic immunity.  That’s a price colleges can no longer pay.

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