Yale News Hits Bars Against Red Teachers
The Yale Daily News editorially stated Monday that the appointment of "an avowed intellectual Communist to the faculty might be of benefit to the University." Replying to the report on academic freedom recently issued by an eight-man alumni committee, the News generally praised the report, but attacked it on several points.
While the committee approved the policy of knowingly appointing no members of the Communist party to the Eli faculty, the News said that this "places an unnecessary restriction on academic freedom." A teacher must be judged on his teaching competence in his field, and on that alone. His affiliations, whether with the Communist party or the Rotary Club, cannot become final criteria of appointment or academic freedom becomes a mockery."