Free speech is central to intellectual life, even at university

A report for Yale back in 1975 was clear about how to deal with people who interfere with free speech: suspend them or expel them

Free speech is central to intellectual life, even at university
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A report for Yale back in 1975 was clear about how to deal with people who interfere with free speech: suspend them or expel them

When an academic debate goes off the rails

Sharing nonconformist ideas shouldn't be cause for censure, but at Wilfrid Laurier University, that seems to be the case

When an academic debate goes off the rails
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Sharing nonconformist ideas shouldn’t be cause for censure, but at Wilfrid Laurier University, that seems to be the case

Down with textbooks, the pre-digested meal of the academic world

To read a textbook is to receive a second- or third-rate experience, and third- and fourth-hand knowledge

Down with textbooks, the pre-digested meal of the academic world
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To read a textbook is to receive a second- or third-rate experience, and third- and fourth-hand knowledge

The fallacy of modern post-secondary education

In the pay-for-play model, students accrue crippling debts to pay for an education. They want what they pay for – even if they didn't earn it

The fallacy of modern post-secondary education
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In the pay-for-play model, students accrue crippling debts to pay for an education. They want what they pay for – even if they didn’t earn it

Remembering teachers: the bad and the good

Bad teachers leave a mark. But good teachers can cut through the bad and leave a life-long impression

Remembering teachers: the bad and the good
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Bad teachers leave a mark. But good teachers can cut through the bad and leave a life-long impression

The endless pursuit of happiness

Happiness is found in a life of obligations satisfied and services rendered, of gifts accepted and love reciprocated

The endless pursuit of happiness
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Happiness is found in a life of obligations satisfied and services rendered, of gifts accepted and love reciprocated

Back to school a return to life, with purpose

Education is a series of commitments: to trying our best, pushing our intellect, understanding our culture, creating new objects of knowledge and art

Back to school a return to life, with purpose
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Education is a series of commitments: to trying our best, pushing our intellect, understanding our culture, creating new objects of knowledge and art

Life, not death, the path that leads to the feast

The claim that suicide makes life meaningful is bizarre and wrong. Suicide is foremost an evacuation of all meaning and potential

Life, not death, the path that leads to the feast
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The claim that suicide makes life meaningful is bizarre and wrong. Suicide is foremost an evacuation of all meaning and potential

The Ryerson name dilemma a no-choice, no-win situation

There’s a need for a greater confrontation of ideas, not less. Sameness, groupthink and orthodoxy are killing us

The Ryerson name dilemma a no-choice, no-win situation
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There’s a need for a greater confrontation of ideas, not less. Sameness, groupthink and orthodoxy are killing us

Without loyalty to one’s own, criticism simply a destructive weapon

A casual scan of academic journals would make an alien reader think Canada is a country committed to genocide and soaked in patriarchal white supremacy

Without loyalty to one’s own, criticism simply a destructive weapon
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A casual scan of academic journals would make an alien reader think Canada is a country committed to genocide and soaked in patriarchal white supremacy