Random Quotations – Education – Oct. 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.

“A few years ago, my preschool daughter decided to dress up as a Native princess for Halloween… As far as I know, my family has no Native ancestry. But she wanted to dress up in a ‘beautiful’ costume, and a Native princess was the most beautiful thing she could imagine… Her teacher sent her home with instructions to change her costume because it was ‘offensive’.” – Kate Jaimet, “The Halloween ethno-police frighten me” – Toronto Star, Oct. 15th, 2017.

“New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, in part because an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing it… The state Board of Regents (is expected on) Monday to adopt a task force’s recommendation of eliminating the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test.” – Karen Matthews AP, “Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities” – USNews, March 11th, 2017.

“…these (far-right) groups tend to be ‘fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation).’ They are ‘suspicious of centralized federal authority, and reverent of individual liberty.’ They also ‘…believe in conspiracy theories that involve a grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack…’.” – (Oh my, they really have us figured out! -JG) – Matthew Pond, “How to spot alt-right/White Supremacist groups on campus” – The Muse, (Memorial University’s student run newspaper), Oct. 16th, 2017.

“Congratulations on your bold conciliatory move to Canada’s First Nations, by ridding the School Board of any trace of the appellation of ‘Chief’… The word ‘chief’ seems to have emerged around 200 years before Colombus turned up in the New World… good thing the teaching of history is now a lesser priority… I will claim the privilege of crustiness and will insist on using the word ‘Chief’ with malice aforethought, particularly when it comes to dealing with the Toronto District School Board… Get stuffed.” – John Thompson, “Open letter to the ‘Toronto District School Board” – Think Tank Of One, Oct. 14th, 2017.