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

School board kills diversity without consultation

There are good reasons not to teach To Kill a Mockingbird, but shielding students from racist language is not one of them

School board kills diversity without consultation
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There are good reasons not to teach To Kill a Mockingbird, but shielding students from racist language is not one of them

Funding arts education path to beauty and understanding

For Canadian students to aspire to higher things, we must give them the language and knowledge of higher culture

Funding arts education path to beauty and understanding
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For Canadian students to aspire to higher things, we must give them the language and knowledge of higher culture

Literature has value, as a mirror and a window

The best stories help us understand ourselves by triggering introspection, guiding us to new worlds and ideas that exist beyond our normal experiences

Literature has value, as a mirror and a window
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The best stories help us understand ourselves by triggering introspection, guiding us to new worlds and ideas that exist beyond our normal experiences

Solidarity against Turkey’s anti-democratic thug

We all need to speak out. At a time when mob justice is damaging intellectual enterprise, Canadian universities should be a model of inquiry and discourse

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We all need to speak out. At a time when mob justice is damaging intellectual enterprise, Canadian universities should be a model of inquiry and discourse