Random Quotations – Education – August 18th, 2017

Five items in total…

“Investigator Laura Williams, of Williams HR Law, conducted the investigation as an independent third party. She found the allegation could not be conclusively substantiated, following an analysis of the available evidence… Williams recommended a number of initiatives that the DDSB has commenced if similar circumstances were ever to arise…” – Whitby This Week, “Investigator finds racial slur allegation at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School cannot be substantiated” – durhamregion.com, July 13th, 2017.

“Ryerson University has canceled a panel discussion called ‘The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses’ following pushback (threats of violence -JG) from activists who said the event was giving a platform to fascists.” – Jack Hauen, “Facing pushback, Ryerson University cancels panel discussion on campus free speech” – National Post, August 16th, 2017.

“The University of Toronto has told a white nationalist group they are not welcome to hold a rally on campus… University president Meric Gertler says bigotry, hate, intolerance and violence have no place on campus…He says the university encourages free expression, but it must be done in an atmosphere of mutual respect. ” – Canadian Press, “White nationalist group not welcome on campus: University of Toronto” – Toronto Sun, August 16th, 2017.

“(Canadian Conservative Party leader) Mr. Scheer is committed to working with the universities to ensure that any policy he brings forward does not become a platform for hate speech’ – (but) – ‘The foundation of our democracy is the ability to have a debate about any subject,’ Scheer said during his leadership victory speech in May, to raucous cheering and applause.” – Stephanie Levitz (CP), “Andrew Scheer’s free speech pledge wouldn’t apply in Toronto case: spokesman” – Toronto Sun, August 18th, 2017.

“As part of a $175 student orientation package, Rutgers University requires all incoming freshmen take a course on the ‘big impact’ of microaggressions, because nothing says welcome to college like a mandatory seminar on safe spaces and offensive phrases… The Language Matters Campaign (is) organized by the university’s Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities… When words are considered violence, preventing them from being spoken sounds reasonable. Censorship, then, is the proper precaution to ensure a student’s safety. Reporting an act of bias becomes a civic duty.” – Lindsay Marchello, “Rutgers orders freshmen to add microaggression to their course lists” – reason.com, August 2nd, 2017.