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    perquisite of tenure

    What is "perquisite of tenure "? Is it special right of possessing something or building in this context?

    ex)Though I am more sympathetic to the argument that important ideas be aired than to the argument that they should sometimes be suppressed, I think it is a debate we need to have. Tragically, however, there are few signs that the debates will happen in the place where we might most expect it; academia. Though academics owe the extraordinary perquisite of tenure to the ideal of encouraging free inquiry and the evaluation of unpopular ideas, all too often academics are the first to try to suppress them.

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    In this sentence, I think it would mean:

    Though academics owe the extraordinary (perks or privilege of tenure) to the ideal of encouraging free inquiry and the evaluation of unpopular ideas, all too often academics are the first to try to suppress them.

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    In this sentence, I think it would mean:

    Though academics owe the extraordinary (perks or privilege of tenure) to the ideal of encouraging free inquiry and the evaluation of unpopular ideas, all too often academics are the first to try to suppress them.
    What is "tenure" here?

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    Tenure, in this usage, is a system whereby teachers cannot be fired after they have been with the university a certain number of years.

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Tenure, in this usage, is a system whereby teachers cannot be fired after they have been with the university a certain number of years.
    If professors encourage free inquiry and the evaluation of unpopular ideas, do universities guarantee professors life-time working right(from dictionary definition)? Does it make sense? I don't know how the two are related.

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    The basic idea of tenure is to allow researchers freedom to pursue research without pressure from the university. The researcher doesn't have to fear for his job if he wants to look into something the administration might not favor.

    It generally works out pretty well, though of course some might use tenure as a free ride to coast on through to retirement. No worse than any other civil servant...

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    The basic idea of tenure is to allow researchers freedom to pursue research without pressure from the university. The researcher doesn't have to fear for his job if he wants to look into something the administration might not favor.

    It generally works out pretty well, though of course some might use tenure as a free ride to coast on through to retirement. No worse than any other civil servant...
    There's two answers, one is the freedom or pursuing any ideas and the other is the life-time working right, and the former seems to make more sense, but it seems a redundant idea in the context. Which is correct?

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    There's two answers, one is the freedom or to pursuinge any ideas and the other is the life-time working right, and the former seems to make more sense, but it seems a redundant idea in the context. Which is correct?
    In order to have the freedom to follow up any idea, it is necessary to have the guarantee of a job for life. As J & K Tutoring has explained, this means that the researcher does not have to fear dismissal.

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    Re: perquisite of tenure

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    In order to have the freedom to follow up any idea, it is necessary to have the guarantee of a job for life. As J & K Tutoring has explained, this means that the researcher does not have to fear dismissal.

    Thanks a lot!! I appreciate it!

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