• Jordan Peterson, hero of the anti-PC crowd, just keeps winning

    … one of the reasons they didn’t call for him to be fired or censured, but rather defeated on the arguments [is that] “We have a commitment to academic freedom, and… that academic freedom does include the problem that you have to listen to people you don’t like, saying things at the top of their lungs that you fundamentally disagree with.”

  • Ontario autism program will soon include direct funding as option

    … the $533-million Ontario Autism Program beginning next month will soon include a direct funding option, something families have long been clamouring for… A government-commissioned analysis about 10 years ago found that the average cost per hour for direct service was $55, versus $37 for direct funding — something Ontario’s auditor general highlighted in a 2013 report.

  • The elephant in the classroom amid school closings

    Our one province is blessed with four distinct school systems, divided along religious and language lines, which cut the pedagogical pie into smaller and less sustainable schools… Instead of pointless overspending, or painful streamlining, surely amalgamating school boards — on geographical rather than religious grounds — is the answer.

  • Parents battle for son’s right to autism services in school

    If successful, it could pave the way to school boards providing better supports for the 20,000 autistic students in Ontario… The Skrts argue the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is violating Jack’s rights by failing to provide him with accommodations he is legally entitled to receive as a result of his disability. “This amounts to discrimination,” says the application, which is seeking a tribunal order requiring Ontario school boards to ensure ABA is available to students with autism.

  • Shutting down schools hurts small towns, but it doesn’t have to be that way

    Due to a misguided education-funding model that depends on high enrollment levels, and therefore favours urban schools, dozens of communities in rural and small-town Ontario may lose their public schools. Contrary to the rhetoric, this doesn’t need to happen. Schools can be vital centres of activity, particularly for smaller and rural communities.

  • The End of Identity Liberalism

    We need a post-identity liberalism, and it should draw from the past successes of pre-identity liberalism… It would speak to the nation as a nation of citizens who are in this together and must help one another. As for narrower issues that are highly charged symbolically and can drive potential allies away, especially those touching on sexuality and religion, such a liberalism would work quietly, sensitively and with a proper sense of scale.

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    Why we are weaning our students from electronic noise

    We’ve decided to… ban… all electronic devices from both the course lectures and the discussion sections… thinking thrives on silence or on dialogue with other human voices, when electronic noise has faded. We hope to help wean our students from that noise. Our new policy is a small step, but we’re convinced that it’s in the right direction.

  • On campus, it’s good to be bothered by a diversity of ideas

    … consider the advice U.S. President Barack Obama… “There will be times when you shouldn’t compromise your core values, your integrity and you will have the responsibility to speak up in the face of injustice. But listen. Engage. If the other side has a point, learn from them. If they’re wrong, rebut them. Teach them. Beat them on the battlefield of ideas… you will have to deal with ignorance, hatred, racism, foolishness, trifling folks … at every stage of your life.”

  • What’s So Great about University Rankings?

    The rankings seem arbitrary… with universities rising and falling for reasons that are unclear even to academics… who study the rating systems… criteria are biased toward western values and ignore student satisfaction, safety, diversity and economic and social justice… if university leaders become obsessed with rankings, then they become obsessed with branding… with how many articles our academics are getting in top-ranked journals, which is a bit of a racket itself… attention is taken away from issues that need a lot of focus.

  • Panel to review federal funding for university-based scientific research

    The federal government has named an expert panel to conduct an unprecedented and sweeping review of how it supports university-based scientific research… the panel could trigger anything from minor tweaks to a major rebuild of Ottawa’s science-funding apparatus, which this year is expected to funnel more than $3-billion to Canadian researchers and their labs.