Monday, June 25, 2007

Student Suspened for Critical Thinking

More rants against government schools--this one in Canada. Full article here.

What fascinates me about the case of Kieran King, the Saskatchewan high school student who was threatened, punished and slandered by various officials over the past three weeks for talking with some pals about the health effects of marijuana, is that it explodes almost every single utopian cliche about public schools that has been ever propounded by their employees and admirers. It's almost glorious, in a way. Ever heard an educator say "We're not here to teach students what to think -- we're here to teach them how to think"? BLAMMO! "We encourage children to make learning a lifelong process." KAPOW! Poor Kieran didn't even make it to age 16 before someone called the cops.

"Diversity is one of our most cherished values." But express a factually true opinion that diverges from what you've been taught and -- WHOOMP! "Public schools aren't
crude instruments of social control, they're places where we lay the foundation for an informed citizenry." BOOM!

What about scientists who study all kinds of things that might be legal or illegal? Or freedom of speech? They have that in Canada, right? Ok, they do, I just checked.

These rights were enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.
Specifically, Section 2(b) states: "Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms... freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication..."
Closely tied to these rights was Section 2(a) which guaranteed freedom of conscience and religion.

(HT to O'DonnellWeb.)

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Barbara Frank said...

One thing's for certain...diversity is not all-inclusive. It all depends on the opinions and prejudices of the person or institution claiming to be a proponent of diversity.