There’s no online substitute for a real university classroom

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

18 August 2012
The classroom experience – live – remains the heart of real education… By “education” I don’t mean training or even mere instruction… Online education of this sort may sound good – false economies often do… Something is always better than nothing, and I applaud colleagues who undertake such outreach. Still, don’t mistake what’s better than nothing for what’s best.

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Religious-freedom office is a blessing, non-believers

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Jan. 09, 2012
… Canada is a secular state, meaning that, as a state, it is of no religion and enforces none. The first point underscores the ongoing need for the promotion of religious freedom. The second confirms the appropriateness of a country such as Canada undertaking it… There’s a lot of careless invocation these days of “separation of church and state.” This isn’t a Canadian doctrine, and is only very dubiously an American one… [but that] doesn’t preclude a public stand on behalf of religious freedom. On the contrary, it implies one.

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Our choice: Spend the money or lose the brightest

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Dec. 15, 2010
Support for foreign graduate students is controversial in Canada… Ontario’s recent announcement of a plan to lure 75 of the world’s best students deeply miffed both opposition parties. They suggested the money would be better spent on outstanding Ontario students…Attracting the best foreign students to Canada isn’t a luxury we can no longer afford. It’s an ever more pressing necessity. Either we spend the money to do it or we’ll lose (possibly forever) the very best Canadian students.

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