Hundreds of UNC Professors Oppose Courses on America’s Founding With Signed Public Letter

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On Tuesday a public letter signed by 673 UNC Chapel Hill professors was revealed opposing legislation that requires university students to take courses on America’s government and founding documents.  The first bill, H.B. 96, which passed through the House and is making its way to Senate, would require a 3 credit-hour course on America’s founding and history, with required reading that includes the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and other significant historical documents.  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 argue in their letter that legislators “attack the expertise and independence of world-class faculty, and seek to force students’ educations into pre-approved ideological containers.”