Stop the assault on academic freedom

Stop the assault on academic freedom

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Heidi Savage started this petition to Academics world wide

Universities are becoming increasingly hierarchical, and authoritarian, much like businesses are. This stifles freedom of expression, free thought, and academic freedom. Historically, academics are among the first to sound the alarm when politics is going awry. We have an obligation to do this. I am suggesting a walk out/strike the last two weeks of classes spring 2020 at every University. Please contact savageaf1975@gmail.com to discuss co-ordination or other suggestions. I also want all of us to put forth effort to educate the public about the necessary role that academic freedom plays in political contexts. We also need to restore philosophy's standing within academia by giving talks on what we do, pointing out that the theoretical content of many many disciplines are based on or just are philosophy. We need to explain that theories are not a natural resource and that we need theories and applied knowledge -- they go hand in hand. Let's begin also the push for philosophy as a required course in public schools.

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