- freedom of a teacher to discuss or investigate any controversial social, economic, or political problems without interference or penalty from officials, organized groups, etc.
- 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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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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