academic freedom

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  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 of academic freedom

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05

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Cultural definitions for academic freedom

academic freedom

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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