Academic Freedom Day

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February 12 is designated as Academic Freedom Day by the Discovery Institute. In 2009, the Discovery Institute set aside Charles Darwin's birthday as the day to recognize the lack of attention given to creationism in public schools and academia.[1] They even issue a "censor of the year" award; the last such award was given to Wikipedia in 2018 for stating that intelligent design is "discredited as pseudoscience".[2]

Academic Freedom[edit]

"Academic freedom" is a buzzword for creationism, arguing that teachers, not school boards or courts, should decide what is best to teach students in a classroom. This crude definition of "academic freedom" follows failed-and-retired memes such as "teach the controversy" and "strengths and weaknesses," but has usurped a famed scientist's birthday to push anti-science arguments.

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  1. Discovery Institute Honors Charles Darwin with Academic Freedom Day. Discover Institute, 4 February 2009.
  2. Censor of the year: Wikipedia,, 2018.