Random Quotations – Education – 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.

“It fits into the trend of Canadian law schools – such as the University of Windsor’s, which recently rued the verdict in the trial of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley as evidence of how ‘Canada has used law to perpetrate violence against Indigenous Peoples’ – as being more interested in social justice than legal principles, as Queen’s University law professor Bruce Pardy recently wrote.” – Christie Blatchford, “Attend sex assault workshop or no final grades, Ottawa law students told” – National Post, Match 9th, 2018.

“The Mount Holyoke website also explains that the college is still an institution for women, despite the constantly evolving definition of ‘women’ in progressive circles. Now, biologically born males who identify as either a woman or by alternative pronouns are welcome to apply for admission at Mount Holyoke… ‘Traditional binaries around who counts as a man or woman are being challenged by those whose gender identity does not conform to their biology,’ the site reads.” – Tom Ciccotta, “Mount Holyoke Women’s College instructs professors to not use term women” – Breitbart, March 21st, 2018.

“Prof. Mehta has also attracted the ire of Matthew Sears, a classics professor at the University of New Brunswick. Prof. Sears maintains that a professor’s right to free speech must be weighed against a student’s right to be safe and supported. This view, which is widely held on campuses today, would have startled many of the professors who taught me.” – Margaret Wente, “You can’t say that on campus” – Globe & Mail, March 3rd, 2018.

“An Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall… Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says school isn’t the place for politics and he wasn’t taking sides Wednesday… (his father Scott Shoemaker) says he also got a couple death threats and had to consider switching phone numbers.” – Assoc. Press, “Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts” – Cincinnati.com, March 16th, 2018.

“According to the Siena college curriculum book, ‘Philosophy teaches students to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life,’ but in order to achieve clear and critical thinking one must listen to and understand all sides of the argument. Sadly it is clear that Dr. McErlean (and based on the comment above by Nicole Commisso much of the faculty) does not believe in students have (sic) different beliefs than theirs.” – Jeff Dunetz, “Siena College is unsafe for conservative students” – LidBlog, March 22nd, 2018.

“Falmouth University respects the concept of academic freedom and the right of our staff and students to question received wisdom and to explore new ideas and controversial opinions… However, the university stands firmly against racial discrimination and religious hatred and will not tolerate bigotry or prejudice on our campuses.” – Quotation from the Ginette Davies article “Falmouth University withdraws job offer because of candidate’s political views” – Cornwall Live, March 29th, 2018.

“Many schools that have adopted lenient disciplinary policies – i.e., defining offenses down so that blacks and Hispanics aren’t suspended or expelled at significantly higher rates than whites and Asians – have seen marked increases in the number and severity of offenses… St. Paul is just one example, but numerous districts across the country have reported spikes in violence against teachers and students, as well as other forms of disruptive behavior.” – Attorney Peter Kirsanow, quoted by Dr. Susan Berry in “U.S. Civil Rights Commissioners: Obama-era school leniency policy brings fear and danger” – Breitbart, March 8th, 2018.