Opinion: In defence of educational freedom at McGill College

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But we don’t want to reply to a name for censorship from college students with one other name for censorship.

We encourage college students who disagree with views expressed of their professors’ publications to have interaction with these views by way of scholarly debate.

We additionally help our college students’ freedom to critique the fabric they’re being taught at school. Handing over the very definition and implementation of educational freedom to pupil stress teams, nevertheless, violates the mandate of a college and undermines its raison d’être.

Lastly, we’ve got noticed that the local weather of censorship that prompts lots of our colleagues to concern for his or her fame, the integrity of their scholarship and pedagogy, and job safety additionally extends to a large number of college students who really feel intimidated and alienated. Scholar unions and associations, like their skilled counterparts, don’t symbolize all their members or friends equally nicely, and should even be discovered to be exercising the very sort of coercion to which they vociferously object. This, too, is a matter of grave concern.

Samuel Veissière is a professor within the division of psychiatry and an affiliate member within the division of anthropology at McGill College. Julius Gray is a Montreal lawyer and former McGill regulation professor. Co-signatories, all of them McGill school, are: Danielle Groleau, psychiatry; Joel Paris, psychiatry; Robert Whitley, psychiatry; Philip Carl Salzman, anthropology (emeritus); Patanjali Kambhampati, chemistry; Marcel Marc Angenot, French language and literature; Frédéric Charbonneau, French language and literature.