The Problem with PC – Edmonton Bans Aboriginal Writers for Purest of PC reasons

Interesting story out of Edmonton illustrating the dangers of censorship and the Law of Unintended Consequences.   Apparently, the Edmonton Public School Board prepared a “books to weed out” list relating to books and stories about First Nations.  Well, no surprise there, school boards have been banning books since time immemorial.

Mind you, David Alexander Robinson, an award-winning Aboriginal writer, was somewhat taken aback to find his books – dealing with, amongst other things, residential schools – on the list.   No doubt it would come as a surprise to a number of the other award winning Aboriginal writers on the list  Hmm, isn’t giving exposure to Aboriginal voices the sort of thing that school boards are supposed be in favour of?

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Classic Bob – In this Battle Over a Niqab, I don’t know who to cheer for!

In light of the fiasco that is the Parti Quebecois‘ proposal  to turn Quebec into arguably the least tolerant jurisdiction in North America to impose controversial restrictions on language and religious displays, I thought this older piece might be appropriate.  It arose from this story about a Muslim woman who was told to remove her Niqab if she wanted to attend a French language/civics class, because, among other things, the teacher couldn’t see her lips to ensure she was learning French properly.  In response, she filed a human rights complaint with the Quebec human rights tribunal. Enjoy!

I’m never sure who to cheer for in these cases.

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Classic Bob – What ever happened to common sense in public schools?

In a follow-up to this morning’s “This is ONE of the Reasons why Johnny Can’t read…” post on the general lack of common sense in our public schools, here’s another “Classic Bob” rant from last December, responding to the story of a 7-year-old boy who was threatened with a suspension for “sexual harassment” for kicking another boy in the groin, after that boy allegedly stole his gloves and choked him.  In fact, according to the boy’s mother, the school principal went so far to accuse the boy of “sexual assault”. 

*** shakes head slowly ***

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