Random Quotations – Education – May 17th, 2017

Seven items in total…

“The Church of England has called for parents to lose the right to withdraw their children from religious education classes – because some parents are apparently using it to pull their children out of lessons on Islam… Derek Holloway, the head of RE in the Church of England’s education office, has called for that right to be removed from parents and for their children to be taught other world religions regardless of the parents’ views… ‘Seemingly [some parents] do not want their children exposed to other faiths and world views, in particular Islam. We are concerned that this is denying those pupils the opportunity to develop the skills they need to live well together as adults,’ he told The Times.” – Donna Rachel Edmunds, “Church of England spokesman: Children should be forced to learn about Islam” – Breitbart, April 28th, 2017.

“Highgate School, in North London, is seeking to abolish the distinction between girls’ and boys’ dress, and introduce a mix-and-match uniform that would accommodate all pupils… While girls at Highgate currently have the choice between gray trousers, dark blue jackets and ties, boys do not have the option to wear the same gray pleated skirts that girls can wear… Parents would be consulted before any decision is made final, Pettitt said, but he stressed that if some boys feel ‘happier and more secure in who they are’ by wearing skirts, then ‘it must be a good thing’… The school already allows for children to ask teachers to call them by the opposite sex, while one boy was also given permission to wear a dress at school.” – RINF, “Boys in skirts: London private school to make uniforms gender-neutral” – May 15th, 2017.

“Peterson’s federal research grant application was recently rejected by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – a first for the psychology professor who objected to being told he must use pronouns such as zie and zher and, more generally, to a pervasive attitude of political correctness stiflingly free speech in universities.” – Antonella Artuso, “Supporters fund U of T professor Jordan Peterson’s research” – Toronto Sun, May 12th, 2017.

“A University of Iowa student has been charged with threat of terrorism after police say he threatened to bring a gun to a university ceremony… UI officials said Tuesday that Altamimi’s statement was made in regard to the final ceremony for UI’s Intensive English Program. That event took place Friday evening… Police say Altamimi made a similar statement on Nov. 11, 2016, when he said he would bring ‘a gun to the International Programs Office and shoot international students’… Online court records do not show any charges resulting from that incident.” – Stephen Gruber-Miller, “University of Iowa student charged with threat of terrorism” – Iowa City Press-Citizen, May 1st, 2017.

“We really wanted an opportunity to give voice to the voiceless at Harvard… So many students identify with the African diaspora but don’t necessarily feel welcome as part of the larger community, and they don’t feel like their stories are being shared.” – Michael Huggins, president of the Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance, quoted by Assoc. Press in “Black Harvard students holding separate graduation ceremony to ‘acknowledge how far’ they’ve come” – Toronto Sun, May 17th, 2017.

“…it’s become a monoculture, a cult-like monoculture. The things that the people in the humanities are publishing, 80% of their papers are never cited once. It’s a shell game…There are many disciplines that are completely under the spell of this post-modern neo-marxism. They write papers for their tiny little coterie of specialists, all of whom know each other. They’re published in expensive, expensive journals…but the publishers publish them not because anyone will read them but because the libraries have to buy them at radically inflated prices. So it’s a scam all the way around.” – U of T Professor Jordan Peterson, quoted by Antonella Artuso, “Supporters fund U of T professor Jordan Peterson’s research” – Toronto Sun, May 12th, 2017.

“Having taught in Chinese schools for many years, I have firsthand experience at the level of indoctrination that happens within the education system. But at least in China, they are taught to love their country and family above all else. It may appear ‘nationalistic’ to some, but the children do love their country, and insist that China looks after China first. They are not taught to hate their roots. So although a similar indoctrination process takes place, they, at the very least, grow up with confidence in their nation and pride in their nationality.” – Mark Angelides, “Schools have become indoctrination centers and are using children to spy on their parents” – Investment Watch Blog, May 15th, 2017.

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