Academic freedom under fire: The case for critical pedagogy

  • Giroux H
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Abstract

Part of a special issue on current right-wing attacks on academic freedom in the United States. There is much more at stake in the current assault on the university than the issue of academic freedom. Right-wing extremists and corporate interests are making a concerted attempt to strip the professoriate of any authority, render critical pedagogy as merely an instrumental task, eliminate tenure as a protection for teacher authority, and remove critical reason from any vestige of civic courage, engaged citizenship, and social responsibility. It is critical that academics both develop a theoretical framework for engaging critical pedagogy and develop a defense for its use in the classroom as part of a broader project of linking education to democratic values, identities, public spaces, and relationships.

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  • Henry A. Giroux

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