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Question In Daniels Email Dustup: Who Decides What Students Read In Class?

Mitch Daniels takes questions from media from the stage of Purdue's Loeb Playhouse following the announcement he would become the school's next president.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Mitch Daniels takes questions from media from the stage of Purdue's Loeb Playhouse following the announcement he would become the school's next president.

When the Purdue Board of Trustees selected Mitch Daniels last year as the university’s next president, he pledged not to let his politics interfere with his new role.

But Daniels’ recent defense of disparaging remarks he made about a controversial historian while governor has some Purdue faculty members questioning that commitment.

“I hope to be the strongest advocate Purdue has ever had for the freedom to speak out,” Daniels said at a press conference after the Associated Press released emails he wrote criticizing historian Howard Zinn. “That does not mean that the product of scholarly work should be free from criticism.”

Still, Daniels reiterated his position that Zinn’s work should not be taught to K-12 students.

Then, on Monday, 90 Purdue professors signed an open letter to Daniels, writing they were “troubled” by Daniels’ continued criticism of the historian. Continue Reading

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