She will of course reply that she is right. It is a defence more often employed than upheld. It is of course possible that the view may be right but that does not give her the authority to impose her opinion. In transferring an issue of judgement into one of academic freedom, she is likely to freeze the normal processes of professional change and prolong the teaching practices to which she objects for much longer than they would otherwise have lasted.
Good teaching can be done in many different styles and none of us can teach according to any professional conscience but our own. If she wants teaching done according to her own judgement she must do it herself.
Liberal Democrat Social Security spokesperson
House of Lords
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