U.S High School/College Diversity and Academic Freedom Essay

606 Words Jun 28th, 2012 3 Pages
Erwin McRae
June 27, 2012
ENC 1101 U.S High School/College Diversity and Academic Freedom
U.S. high schools and colleges campuses each reflect the diversity of today’s world. Preparing a student body that is a microcosm of the community. Each within the boundaries set forth by society. .
The demographic makeup of todays classroom is rapidly changing Not so long ago in the U.S. it was possible and even probable the overwhelming majority of your classmates were of the same ethnic background. Although it is still possible, in all likely-hood in today’s high school the ethnic and cultural make-up will more likely reflect the surrounding communities in your area and the state in which you live. Similarly, in U.S.
…show more content…
Nationwide protection for high schools is nonexistent. However on the college level academic freedom is protected by The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. There are two distinctly different kinds of academic freedom, 1. Individual academic freedom protects an individual professor, and 2. Institutional academic freedom protects universities from interference by government, a right that applies to the community of scholars, not to individual faculty. J. Peter Byrne described what he saw as the problem with the analysis of the first amendment protection. “The problems are fundamental: There has been no adequate analysis of what academic freedom the Constitution protects or of why it protects it.”
In conclusion: U.S. high schools and colleges demographics are changing daily, both educating a global mix of nationalities. Neither has the freedom to teach without interference from outside influences and national protections still elude high schools in the U.S. Colleges do enjoy certain level of academic freedom but they too are limited in the scope of their ability to freely do as they please in a classroom as well.

“Works Cited”

Byrne, J. Peter "Academic Freedom", 99 Yale

Related Documents