Education: What About the Oath?

Do loyalty oaths violate academic freedom?

University faculties throughout the U.S. have been debating this question ever since the regents of the University of California issued their famous "sign or resign" ultimatum to the California faculty last winter (TIME, March 6 et seq.). This week, in a book review* in the New York Sunday Times, a cool and collected sifting of the question came from New York University's Sidney Hook, eminent philosopher and political liberal.

Philosopher Hook gave the regents low marks for imposing the oath in the first place. Moreover, in the course of the controversy, "an overwhelming majority" of the faculty...

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