academic freedom and free speech
Academic freedom is a big deal
23 September 2014
The pursuit of truth is more important than lecturers’ or students’ feelings.
Debateophobia: a fear of free and frank discussion
3 September 2013
Branding one's political opponents as 'phobic' is a sly and illiberal tactic.
University students - are they toddlers or young adults?
7 March 2013
Walking with mum and dad on campus used to be seen as a marker for social death. Today parents are everywhere. Why must we infantilise academic life?
‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football
9 November 2012
The Society of Black Lawyers hit out at Tottenham and the FA after repeating its threat to go to the police over what it regards as anti-Semitic chanting at White Hart Lane.
Hate campaigns against freedom of speech go all the way back to Socrates
4 August 2012
The subordination of the freedom of expression to the objective of protecting people from frank speech speaks to an ethos that has a uniquely low opinion of the capacity of people to think for themselves.
Students fed content-lite will never know the value of democracy and freedom
9 June 2012
The real problem faced by Australia, as in many other Western societies, is not that it is confronted by the dark forces of authoritarianism but that the ideals of freedom and democracy are taken for granted.
Satisfaction and its discontents
Times Higher Education,
8 March 2012
The National Student Survey puts pressure on lecturers to provide 'enhanced' experiences. But, argues Frank Furedi, the results do not measure educational quality and the process infantilises students and corrodes academic integrity.
Minding our language breeds cynicism and cultural dishonesty
22 October 2011
One of the most disturbing developments in the cultural life of the West is the casual acceptance of the policing of language.
FiveBooks Interviews: Claire Fox on freedom of speech
18 October 2011
Modern society has interpreted John Stuart Mill's concept of tolerance to mean that we should avoid giving offence. The director of the Institute of Ideas tells us about books that show how far we've departed from what was meant
Can we tolerate intolerance?
13 October 2011
Time and again interviewers ask me ‘can we tolerate intolerance’? Such questions continually signal the idea that tolerance is a freedom that can only be endowed to those who deserve it.