Random Quotations – Education – May 13th, 2018

Five items in total…

“A Halifax university is under fire for assigning a course about Canada’s residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor, something activists say undermines reconciliation efforts… The professor slated to teach the course has an expertise in Atlantic Canadian First Nations history, with a specialization in the historical experiences of 20th century Indigenous women, according to the school’s website… Yet the decision to assign a ‘settler scholar’ to teach the course has been slammed on social media as a kind of historical appropriation and reinforcement of the systemic oppression of First Nations.” – Cdn. Press, “Settler scholar: Halifax university slammed over plan to have white prof teach residential schools course” – Toronto Sun, May 11th, 2018.

“The Liberals apparently want to return to a patchwork system, and feel ongoing classroom assessment by teachers is the superior way to measure strengths and weaknesses in the education system… It’s not. Objective measurement of how students perform in reading, writing and math tests matters. It matters whether high school students can pass a meaningful literacy test, not a watered-down one.” – James Wallace, “Liberals eye scrapping reading, math and literacy tests” – Toronto Sun, April 24th, 2018.

“The extraordinary number of hoops Laurier required LSOI (the Laurier Society for Open Inquiry) to jump through and the demand that the group must assume all liability, and to a lesser degree the price tag at UWaterloo, amounts to de facto censorship… If free-speech groups want to bring in right-wing speakers, the left on campus will threaten such havoc that the event becomes either unmanageable or unaffordable.” – Christie Blatchford, “Nothing free about Wilfrid Laurier University’s free speech policy” – National Post, April 26th, 2018.

“Many professors spend class time indoctrinating students with their views. For faculty members who are Democrats, those views can be described as leftist, socialist or communist. It is a cowardly act for a professor to take advantage of student immaturity by indoctrinating pupils with his opinions before the students have developed the maturity and skill to examine other opinions… Americans are seeing their tax dollars and tuition dollars going to people who have contempt for their values and seek to indoctrinate their children with leftist ideas.” – Walter E. Williams, “Colleges – anti-diversity and pro-exclusion” – Toronto Sun, April 30th, 2018.

“Eleven days later, on April 2, Butler was served a ‘Notice of Charges’ that claimed his flyering efforts have ‘adversely [affected] the health, welfare, and/or safety’ of campus community members ‘or the name and/or reputation of the College,’ and that he also violated the school’s posting policy… ‘What I would like to know is how my peaceful protest of posting screenshots of an email that was already publicly available around campus in any way adversely affected the health, welfare, safety, or reputation of this institution,’ Butler told Campus Reform.” – Warner Todd Huston and Jeff Dunetz, “NY’s Siena College censors student who was fighting for 1st Amendment” – The Lid, April 24th, 2018.