Sweden Moves To Protect Academic Freedom After Professor Quits Covid Research Due To Harassment

Most faculty are conspicuously silent as their colleagues have been attacked, suspended, or perhaps terminated for taking opposing views on systemic racism, police brutality, or even moves like Black Lives Matter. In Sweden, the response was rather different after Professor Jonas Ludvigsson, announced that he would stop all additional study on Covid-19 following a campaign of harassment and abuse following his analysis on the very minimal threat that the virus introduces teachers and children. The country is ramping up protections for academics to fight such cancelling campaigns.
His study is consistent with research which have long found a low risk to teachers and students.  This study was highlighted throughout the Trump Administration in a call for the resumption of classes but largely ignored by the media. The argument for reopening schools, particularly for young children, was depicted as political and”not following the science.”  Commercial rans that calls for returning to the classroom has been tantamount to”murder.” On the other hand, the science was overwhelmingly supportive of these reopening.  Really, Catholic and other private schools in several states never shut without surges from the virus.
Ludvigsson looked at children from age 1 to 16 through the first wave of COVID-19 and found that only 15 children went to the ICU, to get a rate of 0.77 per 100,000. In addition, in the 1-16 age group, there was only a slight increase from the four-month period before the pandemic to the four-month period following the period.
Such research contradict the media narrative and the place of teacher unions, including a lot that are still oppose a return to the classroom despite the science. Accordingly, Ludvigsson was attacked and hounded out of additional study.
The reply of the country however has been distinct from the response in the United States. Different academic leaders and teams are pushing for legislation designed to safeguard academic freedom. They’re citing a Swedish government study in 2018 found”21 out of 26 universities said that there is a risk that investigators will be vulnerable to harassment, threats and violence.”
The response in the United States is strikingly distinct. We have been discussing efforts to fire academics who voice dissenting views on several issues including an attempt to oust a major economist from the University of Chicago in addition to a top linguistics professor at Harvard and a literature professor at Penn.. Sites like Lawyers, Guns, and Money include writers like Colorado Law Professor Paul Campus who involve the shooting of those with opposing views (like myself).  Such campaigns have targeted teachers and pupils who contest the signs of systemic racism in using lethal force by authorities or provide other opposing perspectives in present debates over the pandemic, including reparations, electoral fraud, or other troubles.
Faculty have largely stayed quiet as campaigns aim these professors and educators. Even though some can enjoy such cleansing of schools of conflicting voices, many are probably intimidated by these kinds of campaigns and don’t wish to be the following targeted by these kinds of groups. We have often defended the free speech rights of college on the left who have made hateful comments about whites, men, and conservatives. Still, there’s an eerie quiet when conservatives are targeted due to their own perspectives. Sweden has revealed how this is a global issue but that the response outside of america has been markedly different.
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