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Should K-12 Teachers Have Tenure? Becker

The traditional case for tenure at the university level rests on two pillars. The first and most prominent is that this gives professors freedom to express unpopular views in their writings and lectures. The second is that professors in the same field are the best ones to judge the qualifications and promise of potential new hires and existing colleagues. This is why departments rather than central administrators choose who to hire and who to let go.
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Mark Thoma on Xia Yeliang and the Importance of Tenure

Business & Finance / Economics : Grasping Reality with Both Hands (last year)

Mark Thoma: >Economist's View: 'Liberal Peking University Professor Threatened with Expulsion': On tenure: >>Liberal Peking University professor threatened with expulsion, South China Morning Post: A renowned professor has confirmed... Read Post

Students Learn Better From Professors Outside Tenure System

Business & Finance / Economics : Wall Street Journal Economics Blog (last year)

Tenured professors at higher education institutions are certainly given more prestige than other lecturers. But are they better teachers? Read Post

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is bullying a Harvard professor

News : The Raw Story (2 days ago)

Expressing intense differences of opinion at Ivy League universities is not exactly new. It is actually the schools’ lifeblood. But it’s not every day that you hear an eminent Harvard professor accused of being a “bandit” and “finan... Read Post


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