By Thomas K. Lindsay
Harvard is taking flak. First, The Harvard Crimson reported that the median grade for undergraduates is an A-, with an A being the most common grade awarded. Next, the Crimson‘s Sandra Korn, a humanities student, wrote an article disparaging the “liberal obsession with ‘academic freedom,'” for which she has received withering criticism.
Korn’s critics are misdirecting much of their ire. Hers is not an act of anti-intellectual rebellion. It is not rebellion at all. She merely advocates what is taught in too many humanities classes. And not only Harvard’s.
Her “Doctrine of Academic Freedom” takes recent humanities scholarship to its logical limits, asking, “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’?” In freedom’s place, she offers “academic justice,” according to which “research promoting or justifying oppression” should “not continue.” READ MORE HERE