Archive for the ‘Educational Issues’ Category

Random Quotations – Education – Oct. 7th, 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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“There is an inherent viciousness of ideological discourse that is rampant in today’s academic climate of dogma-driven scholarship, where university professors yield little regard for differing opinions when it comes to a whole host of hot-button issues ranging from religion to gender politics to climate change… The assumption that those who disagree with you are bad people, the willful ignorance of uncomfortable facts, and the urge to make up for weak argument by shouting more loudly – seem to be core values of many students graduating with degrees in social sciences today.” – Kieran Moloney, “Stifling debate – Canadian universities in need of dire reform” – Toronto Sun, Sept. 8th, 2018.

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Random Quotations – Education – September 4th, 2018

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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“How will campus free speech policies that aim to promote ‘open debate’ and ‘the exchange of ideas’ address overreaching Gendered Violence policies and power-hungry activists that manipulate the internal complaints system? At this point, they can’t. While the various free speech policies that will come into effect in Ontario on January 1, 2019 may encourage some students to speak their minds in class more often and offer their honest opinions, that doesn’t mean they won’t be notified of a formal complaint against them the next week.” – Lindsay Shepherd, “Why we should be skeptical of government-mandated campus free speech policies” – The Post Millennial, August 31st, 2018. This is an excellent article, read it here.)

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Random Quotations – Education – August 10th, 2018

Friday, August 10th, 2018

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“The abyss between the academic qualifications of black and Hispanic students, on the one hand, and whites and Asians, on the other, was kept assiduously offstage, pursuant to longstanding journalistic taboos. Instead, it was as if a mysterious force was preventing blacks and Hispanics from entering college.” – Heather MacDonald, “Let’s demand the media – and the education establishment – stop concealing America’s very real racial problem” – Jewish World Review, July 31st, 2018.

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Random Quotations – Education – August 2nd, 2018

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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“The Global Forum is essentially a central think tank for the campaign to introduce internet censorship throughout the West. It is also an internationally operational anti-White hate group that devises intellectual and political strategies styled as ‘recommendations’ for Western governments to restrict the freedoms of their respective populations. The ‘recommendations’ of the Forum include a demand to adopt ‘a clear industry standard for defining hate speech and anti-Semitism’… It goes without saying that such a definition would be sufficiently wide-ranging that it would preclude, under threat of severe punishment, any criticism of Jews or Israel.” – Andrew Joyce, Ph.D., “Jewish intellectual activism for internet control” – Occidental Observer, July 24th, 2018.

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LGBTQ “hysterical” reaction over proposed sex-ed changes

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Sex-ed letter a hysterical reaction says reader

To the editor:
Re Sex-ed isn’t going to turn you gay, letters, durhamregion.com

“For those of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) community, this is a nightmare scenario as far as politics goes.” Indeed!
If Doug Ford is guilty of the “courting of a virulently homophobic and transphobic conservative base” then why did he got rid of sex-ed critic Tanya Granic Allen right after she boosted him into the leadership position?
“Removing sex-ed and LGBTQ material from educational institutions is an act of discrimination against our community”? Leaving it in may well create gender confusion among “straight” children, who constitute the vast majority of our younger students.
If our “LGBTQ community” is so upset about losing control of sex-ed content, one may reasonably wonder what their agenda is; this surprisingly hysterical reaction certainly invites speculation.

Jef Goodall, Oshawa.

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Random Quotations – Education – June 20th, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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“First is their new unholy trinity of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is defined not by opinion, but by race, ethnicity or sexual identity; the goal is no longer equality of opportunity, but an insistence on equality of outcome; and inclusion is the use of identity-based quotas to attain this misconceived state of equity… Their world is (instead) a Hobbesian nightmare of identity groups warring for power. They don’t see ideas that run contrary to their ideology as merely incorrect. They see them as integral to the oppressive system they wish to supplant and consider it a moral obligation to stifle and constrain their expression.” – Professor Jordan Peterson, quoted by Onan Coca in “Today’s professors don’t teach, they indoctrinate progressivism” – The Lid, June 14th, 2018.

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School board sidelines Christianity, promotes “diversity”

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

“A report that went to the Durham District School Board’s (DDSB) April 16 meeting provides a status update on the Equity and Diversity Strategic Framework, which was launched in fall 2017 with the goal of giving all students in the board a chance at success… Other equity initiatives outlined in the report include: providing 75 administrators with ‘anti-bias recruitment training’, adding 12 sections of black studies courses for Grade 11 and 12 students to the course options for 2018/2019; completing a census of DDSB staff that received 4,968 employee responses; offering ‘Draw the Line Against Transphobic Violence’ sessions that saw staff and Gay-Straight Alliance members from every DDSB high school attend; and plans for the DDSB and PFLAG to organize Durham’s first youth Pride event.”

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Random Quotations – Education – May 13th, 2018

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

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“A Halifax university is under fire for assigning a course about Canada’s residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor, something activists say undermines reconciliation efforts… The professor slated to teach the course has an expertise in Atlantic Canadian First Nations history, with a specialization in the historical experiences of 20th century Indigenous women, according to the school’s website… Yet the decision to assign a ‘settler scholar’ to teach the course has been slammed on social media as a kind of historical appropriation and reinforcement of the systemic oppression of First Nations.” – Cdn. Press, “Settler scholar: Halifax university slammed over plan to have white prof teach residential schools course” – Toronto Sun, May 11th, 2018.

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Random Quotations – Education – April 22nd, 2018

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

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“Legal education should expose students to a diverse set of perspectives so that they can figure out what they think. That is quite a different thing from law schools advocating an ideology and telling students what to believe. Rather than teaching intelligent critical thinking about the politics of law, law schools have themselves become political torchbearers for social justice dogma. The result is as much indoctrination as education.” – Bruce Pardy, Professor of Law at Queen’s University, “Law schools should not be combatants in culture wars – but too many profs disagree” – National Post, April 3rd, 2018. (This is an excellent article. You can read it in full here.)

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Random Quotations – Education – April 2nd, 2018

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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“In the 1960’s, I was a high school teenager. Routinely, there were school walk-outs and sit ins and protests of about every variety… Typically, they were anti-war protests, but almost anything else would do. Most of us had no idea or didn’t care about the purpose. We were malleable kids and these were fun social gatherings. We were tools used by political activists… We had our celebrities too. Communists like Jane Fonda and liars like John Kerry and on the political side the likes of Ted Kennedy and others. As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.” – J.D. Pendry, “Saving lives?” March 28th, 2018.

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