UC Profs Slam Call to Teach ‘Viewpoint-Neutral’ Mideast History

A group of 150 University of California professors on Thursday pushed back on the school president’s call for a plan to teach a “viewpoint neutral” Middle Eastern history, calling it a violation of academic freedom and the First Amendment. 

UC President Michael Drake two weeks ago announced several initiatives to tamp down anger and address concerns amid persistent conflict campus between Palestinian and Israeli sympathizers on campus, The Hill reported.

“We are all committed to inclusivity and academic excellence, but to suggest that the UC administration should determine how and what we teach will set a chilling precedent for our field and the many others engaged in teaching topics that might be considered controversial or divisive, like climate change, the history of racism, and genocide and mass atrocity,” the professors wrote in their letter.

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