Noam Chomsky’s Critical Intervention- Foreword by Peter McLaren- Afterword by Pepi Leistyna
3 emy is by and large a conservative place in which minimal space is allotted to progressive intellectuals and activist-scholars to engage in critical work aimed at challenging the status quo . I am also aware that the American public in general adheres to this conser- vative bent . However, I remain convinced that, like me, there must be deans, provosts, and university presidents who believe in academic freedom, upon which no institution should infringe . No one should allow an institution or dominant conservative group to silence one’s voice, for one’s freedom is in one’s voice . I argue that if an institution denies a professor tenure because of what he or she stands for—that is, because of his or her uncompromising democratic principles, ideology, and firm stance against social injustice and inequality—rather than be- cause of poor academic performance, this professor cannot have any respect for the institution . Having made that statement, let me also point out that I am fully aware that there are indeed many examples of excellent scholars, researchers, and teachers being denied tenure because of their ideological and political positions, not because of poor performance . Ideology matters (Freire & Macedo, 2002), and I am well aware of that . I am articulating these views so that the reader knows where I stand politically and ideologically . Unlike what some readers might assume, this book is not intended to glorify Noam Chomsky by placing him on a pedestal . (And the humble Noam Chomsky, I am sure, would not want to...
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