Hate in the Classroom: Free Expression, Holocaust Denial, and Liberal Education

American Journal of Education, Vol. 114, No. 2, pp. 215-241, February 2008

65 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2008 Last revised: 1 May 2014

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

University of Hull

Abstract

This article is concerned with a specific type of hate speech: Holocaust denial. It is concerned with the expression of this idea by educators. Should we allow Holocaust deniers to teach in schools? This article attempts to answer this question through a close look at the Canadian experience. First, I will establish that Holocaust denial is a form of hate speech. Next, I will lay down the main premises of the argument and make some constructive distinctions that will guide our treatment of teachers who are Holocaust deniers. Finally, I will probe three cases - James Keegstra, Malcolm Ross, and Paul Fromm - and argue that hatemongers cannot assume the role of educators.

Keywords: hate speech, Holocaust denial, liberal education, James Keegstra, Malcolm Ross, Paul Fromm

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael, Hate in the Classroom: Free Expression, Holocaust Denial, and Liberal Education. American Journal of Education, Vol. 114, No. 2, pp. 215-241, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1109043

Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Contact Author)

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Hull, Great Britain HU6 7RX
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