Red Teachers and Educational Freedom

Archive Report

Communist Infiltration of Schools Systems

Congressional Attention to the menace of Communist infiltration of the American educational system has spurred responsible authorities in the states to increased effort to eliminate such subversive influences as may remain in the schools. Leaders in education, while fully aware of the dangers from Communist sources, are no less concerned over dangers raised by unthinking Red hunts in the schools. Many of them hold that attacks on the schools have already reached such extremes as to defame the teaching profession, imperil teachers' freedom of utterance and inquiry, and lower the quality of schooling afforded American youth.

President Eisenhower, as head of Columbia University, defended the patriotism of American teachers and joined other educators in reasserting traditional principles of academic freedom. As ...

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