Thursday, June 23, 2005

Academic coercion

Lt. Gen. Roger Brady commenting on his report on allegations of religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy:
There were cases where people have said things from a lectern that were overreaching, forgetting their position, that put cadets in an untenable position, in terms of, "Gee, am I going to pass Physics 101 if I don't agree with that."
From the American Association of University Professors' Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure:
Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject.
AAUP was dead right on this one, 65 years ago. And I thought liberal (athiest, Marxist, ...) professors were supposed to be the ones indoctrinating their students.

I'm assuming that this particular example was poorly chosen by Lt. Gen. Brady. If the Air Force Academy has such lax standards that grades in a physics class, of all subjects, could be tipped by the politics of faith, it has far more serious problems than have been reported.

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