Archive for the ‘Educational Issues’ Category

Random Quotations – Education – June 20th, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Five items in total…

“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

Five items in total…

“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

Five items in total…

“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

Eight items in total…

“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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Random Quotations – Education – March 2nd, 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Four items in total…

“The state of Delaware is poised to adopt what is known as ‘Regulation 225.’ Approved both by the Delaware State Education Association and Gov. John Carney, Regulation 225 would safeguard children’s ‘protected characteristics,’ such as gender, age, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Section 7.4(1) of 225’s Prohibition of Discrimination Code states, ‘All students enrolled in a Delaware public school may self-identify gender or race, which is maintained in the school’.” – Barbara Kay, “Delaware students can now choose their own race. This should end well” – National Post, Feb. 13th, 2018.

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Random Quotations – Education – Dec. 14th, 2017

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Five items in total…

“Hate speech is anything that says America is a good country. That our founders were great people. That we need borders. Hate speech is anything faithful to the moral teachings of the Bible… We’ll take $200,000 of your money; in exchange, we’ll train your children to hate our country. . . . We’ll make them unemployable by teaching them courses in zombie studies, underwater basket weaving and, my personal favorite, tree climbing.” – Donald Trump Jr., quoted by Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan (Washington Post) in “Elitists, crybabies and junky degree: Education advocates see growing disdain for U.S. universities” – National Post, Nov. 25th, 2017.

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Random Quotations – Education – Dec. 9th, 2017

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Lindsay Shepherd / Wilfrid Laurier University – four items in total…

“The reason I chose to pursue a master’s degree in the first place was not to advance my career prospects, but to advance my intellectual horizons. I am not sure I am achieving this goal, as I find myself surrounded by professors and students who are intent on pushing an ideological agenda, censoring certain topics from the classroom, and enforcing echo chambers of homogenous thought… But now, I have stopped paying any mind to the reactionary labelling and thought-policing from this group, and I feel more free than I have felt in a long time.” – Lindsay Shepherd, “WLU’s interrogation revealed how university has lost sight of its key purpose” – National Post, Dec. 4th, 2017.

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Random Quotations – Education – Nov. 15th, 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Six items in total…

“…Peterson said the website would enable students to enter university course descriptions, as well as professors’ names, disciplines and places of work, to find out if the course was in what he judges to be a ‘corrupt’ discipline, and then decide for themselves whether they want to take the course and ‘become a social justice warrior’… Eventually the website would contain a list of ‘courses and professors and disciplines that should be avoided’.” – Samantha Beattie, “U of T prof’s proposed website would target professors teaching women’s and ethnic studies” – Toronto Star, Nov. 10th, 2017.

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Random Quotations – Education – Oct. 22nd, 2017

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Five items in total…

“This move ends the an unjust process that was initiated in 2011… During that time, Universities across the country radically changed the definition of sexual assault, created Kangaroo Courts on Campus, and substantially scaled back protections for students (a majority men) accused of it, which has ultimately led to job loss, humiliation, expulsion, and even suicide of men in college who were falsely accused and were stripped of their due process rights.” – Sonya Sasser, “End of Obama-era campus kangaroo courts: Huge victory for college students” – PolitiChicks, Oct. 2nd, 2017.

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