Random Quotations – Education – Dec. 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.

“One of the research paper topics that students from Communication Studies 101 at Wilfrid Laurier University can choose to write about this semester is communication bubbles. Communication bubbles refer to the phenomenon of people becoming entrapped in ideological echo chambers as a result of only seeking out, or being fed, news that confirms their existing beliefs… I find the idea of communication bubbles fascinating but troubling – I believe a willingness to explore new ideas, entertain a variety of perspectives, and confront information that challenges one’s beliefs are critical values.” – Lindsay Shepherd, “WLU’s interrogation revealed how university has lost sight of its key purpose” – National Post, Dec. 4th, 2017.

“…this is not some one-off incident, but rather an egregious illustration that some humanities courses at all universities (mainly with the tag ‘studies’) function not as educative undertakings, but as commitments to a narrow, predestined ideological viewpoint… That wedding any course to a pre-chosen political goal – social justice, identity studies, oppression studies, feminism – turns it into a sophisticated vehicle of indoctrination and propaganda.” – Rex Murphy, “Lindsay Shepherd incident is simply one bubble in a boiling caldron” – National Post, Nov. 24th, 2017.

“There are “ominous” signs that Wilfrid Laurier University’s independent fact-finding investigation of the Lindsay Shepherd affair is aiming its guns at none other than Lindsay Shepherd herself… despite public proclamations that suggest the investigation is aimed at merely gathering the facts of Shepherd’s browbeating, the investigator himself says he has been ‘retained to an independent, confidential fact-finding exercise with respect to employment-related matters’ arising out of the Shepherd tutorials.” – Christie Blatchford, “Ominous signs that Lindsay Shepherd’s job, not free speech, is target of Laurier probe” – National Post, Dec. 6th, 2017.