Opinion: Don’t attack critical thought

Last week, a teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo was lambasted for showing a video clip to her students that resulted in a very public debacle aimed at reprimanding her. The TA in question, Lindsay Shepherd, was screening a televised debate from The Agenda, a current affairs show on TVO, that included Jordan Peterson, a University of Toronto professor known for his controversial stance against the use of non-gendered pronouns. In a three-on-one ‘tribunal,’ Shepherd’s supervisor, as well as another professor and university administrator essentially ganged up on Shepherd, claiming that she created a “toxic” and “problematic” environment that violated the school’s Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy. According to various media sources, they also tried to (falsely) […]

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Wilfrid Laurier TA reprimanded for showing gender neutrality debate video

Wilfrid Laurier University reprimanded a teaching assistant for showing her first-year communications tutorial class a video debate featuring controversial University of Toronto (U of T) psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Lindsay Shepherd was sanctioned after she screened an episode of The Agenda, a TVO current affairs program, where Peterson—known for his stance on issues such as genderless pronouns—debated Nicholas Matte, a sexual diversity studies professor at the U of T, according to a CBC News article. She told CBC that she explained to her students it is important to listen to both sides of an issue before forming an opinion on it.  “I very clearly stated, watching debates like these are so important for getting yourself out of speech bubbles,” she told […]

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