Category Archives: Educational Issues

Random Quotations – Education – November 20th, 2020

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“A few elements leap out at the attentive reader of the case. First, the College ignored several Student Non-Academic ‘Procedure’ requirements. They failed to inform the Vice-Provost of a pending investigation; they failed to provide Zaki with the complaints against him; and they failed to provide the identities of those who had lodged them, all running foul of the Procedure’s obligation to provide Zaki with ‘access to all documentary and other evidence…and knowing the identity of the complainants.’ To this day, Zaki has not seen the names of the actual complaints, which violates the foundational, age-old principle, audi alteram partem, the right to know the case against you.” – Barbara Kay, “Medical student expelled for refusing to change his personal beliefs” – The Post Millennial, November 3rd, 2020.

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Random Quotations – Education – October 27th, 2020

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“It was (Student School Board Member Zachary) Patterson who brought up concerns that some students might be unfairly penalized for cheating. The school board intends, this week, to review their zero-tolerance policy on cheating, with perhaps an eye toward allowing cheating, since to not do so might be racist… It is in the name of anti-racism that American kids will be denied a rigorous academic education. Kids will not be held accountable to deadlines, standards of behaviour, honesty, or any reasonable expectations of achievement, all because to do so is now considered racist.” – Libby Emmons, “Public schools are doing away with grading to combat racism” – The Post Millennial, October 19th, 2020.

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Random Quotations – Education – October 5th, 2020

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“Free speech has been strangled on college campuses in Canada, America, and Britain… In Canada, according to a free speech index by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ annual index which measured the state of free speech at 61 Canadian public universities. The majority of these universities valued diversity of characteristics rather than diversity of thought and belief… From this report we can see that only 21 percent of universities claim to uphold the values of free speech and thought and open enquiry. This as opposed to 69 percent to proclaim the furtherance of diversity as their highest institutional good.” – Henry George, “Free speech on college campuses suppressed across the English-speaking world” – The Post Millennial, October 4th, 2020.

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Random Quotations – Education – September 19th, 2020

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“The National Association of Basketball Coaches are now urging colleges and universities to drop the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SATs) and American College Testing (ACT) because the tests are – you guessed it – racist… Why? Because objective tests prevent too many blacks from enjoying the college life. So instead of addressing the deficiencies of minority candidates, it is easier to cry ‘institutional racism’ and force standards to be lowered… The group’s committee, chaired by South Carolina coach Frank Martin and Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, said in a statement that the tests ‘no longer have a place in intercollegiate athletics or education at large.’ The elimination of the tests, they said, would be ‘an important step towards combating educational inequality’.” – Peter Skurkiss, “Drop tests for blacks, say college coaches” – American Thinker, July 20th, 2020.

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Random Quotations – Education – June 23rd, 2020

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“(Fourth graders) are now learning that the United States is founded on racism, that racism is the pervasive undercurrent in American governance, law enforcement, social interaction, employment, literature, arts, entertainment, real estate, and education… What this means is that the school is teaching kids how to interpret history before they learn the history they are meant to interpret. They’re telling kids what opinions to have before they’re giving the facts about which that opinion should be formed. Educators are making sure that these fourth graders look at history through the lens of critical race theory before they even know what that history is.” – Libby Emmons, “The NYC school system is teaching my ten-year-old son that he’s racist” – The Post Millennial, June 15th, 2020.

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Random Quotations – Education – March 23rd, 2020

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“Professors across the country are taking to social media to express their concern over being forced to deliver their course lectures online amid the coronavirus outbreak, sharing with each other tips on how to limit the number of people who are able to see what they’re teaching students… Texas Christian University Associate Professor of Political Science Emily Farris tweeted Thursday, ‘if you are recording a lecture on anything controversial, be prepared for right wing sites to ask students to share it’.” – Jon Street, “Professors worried students will share lectures with ‘right wing sites’.” – Campus Reform, March 19th, 2020.

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Random Quotations – Education – December 17th, 2019

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“Male academics and students were concerned that the presence of female students, let alone staff, would ‘alter the character of the teaching’ and lead to ‘feminine government’ of universities [Discussed in Education, by Carol Dyhouse, in Women in Twentieth Century Britain, 2014.] In other words, the ‘masculine’ dimension to academia – rigorously, unemotionally and coldly examining facts and arguments – would be wrecked by the increasing presence of emotional and over-empathetic girls. As females increasingly take over Western universities, now constituting the majority of students in the USA [Why do women outnumber men in college?, NBER working paper no. 12139, January 2007 ], it is becoming clear that these skeptics were right.” – Lance Welton, “Are women destroying academia? Probably” – The Unz Review, November 2nd, 2019. (You can read this important article here – maybe…)

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Random Quotations – Education – November 1st, 2019

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“They insist that more and more dropouts enter ‘higher education’ in order to ‘earn more money.’ But they fail to understand that this simply results in the dumbing down of higher education, the bachelor’s degree having far less value as employers lose faith… Already, employers are increasingly setting up their own systems of assessment, sometimes giving the job to a non-graduate. They are bypassing degrees and reverting to de facto apprenticeships, where they establish their own entry requirements and then train you on the job. Surveys have found that employers regard young college graduates as ‘deficient in such key workplace skills as written and oral communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning’ – the very things that college was supposed to teach them.” – Lance Welton, “College bubble bursting – left hardest hit. Too bad” – Unz Review, October 6th, 2019. (An excellent expose, you can read it here.)

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Random Quotations – Education – September 8th, 2019

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“Mary Reid, assistant professor at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, worries math tests for all new teachers could lead to fewer visible minorities entering the profession… The purpose of schooling is to include visible minorities. A math test uncomfortably approximates an intelligence test. These make the obvious…well, obvious.” – Fred Reed, “Dispatches from the race war” – The Unz Review, August 31st, 2019.

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Random Quotations – Education – June 23rd, 2019

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“The bright minds at the TDSB who put together the new dress code don’t say whether such sleepwear can be a nightgown, drawstring pants, straight pajamas or a Victoria Secret-style Teddy… I guess that’s open to interpretation, along with the myriad of tops and bottoms that will soon be perfectly acceptable to wear in class: Tops that are backless, bare the midriff and have plunging necklines that expose cleavage, as long as they cover ‘nipples’… This is all contained in the new dress code along with the permission to wear bottoms that expose legs, thighs and hips as long as ‘groin and buttocks’ are covered.” – Sue-Ann Levy, “The nearly naked truth about TDSB’s new dress code policy” – Toronto Sun, June 7th, 2019.

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