Image 01 Image 03

Hundreds of UNC-Chapel Hill Profs Sign Letter Opposing Required Courses on U.S. Constitution

Hundreds of UNC-Chapel Hill Profs Sign Letter Opposing Required Courses on U.S. Constitution

“violates core principles of academic freedom”

This is the sort of thing that is going to drive the candidacy of Mark Robinson for governor of the state.

FOX News reports:

673 university professors sign letter opposing courses on America’s founding, Constitution

Hundreds of professors at the University of North Carolina signed a public letter Tuesday opposing legislation that would require university students to take courses on America’s government and founding documents.

The 673 UNC Chapel Hill professors revealed the public letter Tuesday, arguing the new courses and another bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives would constitute an infringement on the university’s “academic freedom.”

The first piece of legislation, House Bill 96, would require students to take a 3 credit-hour course covering America’s founding and history. Required reading for the course would include the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, at least five essays from the Federalist Papers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Gettysburg Address.

The professors argue the legislation “violates core principles of academic freedom” and “substitutes ideological force-feeding for the intellectual expertise of faculty.”

The second bill, H.B. 715, would eliminate tenure at UNC and its affiliated campuses, establish minimum class sizes and require colleges to report “all non-instructional research performed by higher education personnel at the institution.”

The 673 professors decry both bills as an attack on “expertise,” arguing the American government courses constitute little more than indoctrination.


Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.


Well, as a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a lifelong taxpayer in the state (even during those years seeing overseas), I say two things: Good on the General Assembly for considering requiring these, and try to find a legal way to terminate every one of those 673 professors.

caseoftheblues | April 26, 2023 at 5:57 pm

And these very same “professors” have no problem requiring students to take courses designed to get them to hate certain races and the US

It is the “wrong” kind of indoctrination.

healthguyfsu | April 27, 2023 at 5:55 am

This requirement does nothing to stifle academic freedom. What a bunch of bullshit.

You are still free to say all of the loony crap you want to in your own DEI mandated course, jackass faction.

    ttucker99 in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 27, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Yes but if students took that course they might see how the DEI crap is wrong according the Constitution, all the other founding documents and according to MLK.

We INSIST on ignorance.

Their kind of indoctrination is strenuously opposed to the state of North Carolina’s kind of “indoctrination.” ‘How dare they undo what we have so carefully undone?’