academic-freedom

academic freedom

noun
1.
freedom of a teacher to discuss or investigate any controversial social, economic, or political problems without interference or penalty from officials, organized groups, etc.
2.
freedom of a student to explore any field or hold any belief without interference from the teacher.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism

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academic freedom definition


The right of teachers and students to express their ideas in the classroom or in writing, free from political, religious, or institutional restrictions, even if these ideas are unpopular.

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