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The idea of the radical, leftist university is a misleading caricature

The idea of the radical, leftist university is a misleading caricature | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Group - Monday 11 December 2017 


"The university is not “liberal” in the way people think: Gruneau 


“Instead of bemoaning ideological phantoms such as excessive liberalism or allegedly leftist influences, critics might better ask why our universities have become as conservative as they are,” writes Simon Fraser University Professor Richard Gruneau. 


The author argues against what he calls the “misleading caricature” of universities as places of “leftist authoritarianism.” 


While it is true that universities often push for inclusiveness, Gruneau notes that this push often comes from the fact that institutions are increasingly motivated by business-like interests, which leads them to attract the largest number of students for financial rather than ethical reasons. 


Gruneau also notes that as universities continue to hire more part-time faculty, they become more “liberal” only in the classical free-market sense of the word."


Richard Gruneau is a Professor of Communication, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Simon Fraser University

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 11, 4:20 PM
This is interesting. The underlying idea is that cutbacks in the 1980's to Canadian universities led them to take on more business-like models. The author (Richard Gruneau) argues that universities are more conservative.

Universities take on a neo-liberal agenda where information, passed off as knowledge and wisdom, are consumed, measured, and quanitified just like they are in the private sector.
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Zero Hour in Palestine

Zero Hour in Palestine | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem eradicates all pretense of a peace agreement or respect for the rule of law. It leaves the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as the last tool to achieve justice for Palestinians.
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Rise of Robots, End of Work?

Rise of Robots, End of Work? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Dec 06, 2017
Length: 34:59


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"The robots are coming for our jobs," has become an almost standard headline around the world. Often cited is a 2013 report by Oxford University said that 47 per cent of jobs are at risk from automation. But a more recent report by the OECD says only 9 per cent of jobs across 21 countries are under serious threat. The Agenda asks: is automation a realistic threat?

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An ominous warning: ‘Netanyahu needs a war with Iran. And he needs it soon’

An ominous warning: ‘Netanyahu needs a war with Iran. And he needs it soon’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

There are ominous signs that Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Saudi Crown Prince are pushing for a wider war in the Mideast. 


In a dangerous escalation, Israel last night attacked an Iranian military base near Syria’s capital, Damascus, using both warplanes and surface-to-surface missiles.

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Freedom of Expression on Campus

Freedom of Expression on Campus | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Nov 30, 2017
Length: 39:22

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In light of the controversy at Wilfrid Laurier University, where a tutorial assistant was reprimanded for playing an excerpt of a controversial discussion on "The Agenda," Steve Paikin welcomes a group of post-secondary professors to discuss the limits of free speech on campus.

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Where Millennials Come From - And why we insist on blaming them for it By Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker

Where Millennials Come From - And why we insist on blaming them for it By Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Young people have curled around their economic situation “like vines on a trellis,” as Harris puts it. And, when humans learn to think of themselves as assets competing in an unpredictable and punishing market, then millennials—in all their anxious, twitchy, phone-addicted glory—are exactly what you should expect. 


The disdain that so many people feel for Harris’s and my generation reflects an unease about the forces of deregulation, globalization, and technological acceleration that are transforming everyone’s lives. (It does not seem coincidental that young people would be criticized for being entitled at a time when people are being stripped of their entitlements.) 


Millennials, in other words, have adjusted too well to the world they grew up in; their perfect synchronization with economic and cultural disruption has been mistaken for the source of the disruption itself."

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Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’

Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
TORONTO—Pity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. It is as if the snuffing out of democracy across the globe and the rise of authoritarian regimes are a preordained Greek tragedy and all of us, in spite of our yearning for liberty, must ominously play an assigned part.

Canada is currently in the Barack Obama phase of self-immolation. Its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is—as Obama was—a fresh face with no real political past or established beliefs, a brand. Trudeau excels, like Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in empty symbolism. These “moderates” spew progressive and inclusive rhetoric while facilitating social inequality, a loss of rights and the degradation of the environment by global corporations. They are actors in skillfully crafted corporate advertisements.
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The Catastrophe of Saudi Arabia’s Trump-Backed Intervention in Yemen

The Catastrophe of Saudi Arabia’s Trump-Backed Intervention in Yemen | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"A father carries his daughter, who suffers from malnutrition, at a feeding center in Yemen, where a blockade led by Saudi Arabia has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.Photograph by Hani Al-Ansi / dpa / AP"


"The Catastrophe of Saudi Arabia’s Intervention in Yemen 


Backed by Trump, Riyadh has created a blockade that has left millions hungry, sparked a cholera epidemic, and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. By Nawal Al-Maghafi"


Nawal Al-Maghafi on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, brought on by a U.S.-supported blockade led by Saudi Arabia.

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These Wall Street Companies Are Ready to Cash In on Trump’s Border Wall

These Wall Street Companies Are Ready to Cash In on Trump’s Border Wall | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
BlackRock, JPMorgan, and Wells Fargo have invested in border wall construction, despite CEOs distancing themselves from Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric.
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How to Teach Resilience

How to Teach Resilience | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 19:05

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All parents want their children to do well. They give them help when needed and try to see them through the tough times. Some are even overprotective, sheltering their kids from failure or disappointment. But for all the well-meaning support parents offer their kids, they may also be keeping them from learning a critical skill: how to bounce back all on their own. The Agenda welcomes Michael Unger to discuss how to teach resilience to children.

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Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms

Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The symptoms of globalized corporate capitalism are the same, whether in India, Turkey, Russia or the U.S. They must not be confused with the disease.
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Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it

Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Teaching young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy can equip them to succeed both academically and socially
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In Life and in Death, White Privilege Protected Texas Shooter Devin Kelley

In Life and in Death, White Privilege Protected Texas Shooter Devin Kelley | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Imagine if Devin Kelley had been a Muslim man.
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A Women’s Revolt That Targets More Than Sexual Abuse

A Women’s Revolt That Targets More Than Sexual Abuse | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Invest in the education, health care and infrastructure that average Americans need to be more productive. Growth doesn’t “trickle down.” It rises up.
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Arms Control, With a Heart

Arms Control, With a Heart | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Today's world needs the kind of leadership the late Col. Doug Englund exhibited while executing the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
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Don’t blame God or nature. We’re the culprits - David Suzuki Foundation

Don’t blame God or nature. We’re the culprits - David Suzuki Foundation | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
If we’re the cause of environmental disasters, then we must stop blaming “nature” or “God.” We have to take responsibility and tackle them with urgency.
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Internship Exemptions Will Be Extended to Career Colleges

Internship Exemptions Will Be Extended to Career Colleges | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Summary from Academica Group - Monday 4 Dec 2017

"ON internship exemptions extended to career colleges under Bill 148 

The passing of Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 entails a “significant victory for Ontario’s career colleges,” writes Career Colleges Ontario CEO Sharon Maloney. 

New changes to the bill have ensured that interns from career colleges will no longer be required to be considered employees for the purpose of the province’s Employment Standards Act.

“Extending the internship exemption to career college students has been a key issue in our advocacy efforts for a long time,” writes Maloney, adding that “with this arbitrary barrier to student success corrected, we have made a great stride closer to our goal of a fair and level playing field for our sector and its students.”"
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Renewable energy isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than fossil fuels - David Suzuki Foundation

Renewable energy isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than fossil fuels - David Suzuki Foundation | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Any real comparison between oilsands and lithium batteries shows that oilsands products are by far the most destructive.
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The Search Engine That Couldn't

The Search Engine That Couldn't | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Mr. Fish, also known as Dwayne Booth, is a cartoonist who primarily creates for Truthdig.com and Harpers.com. Mr. Fish's work has also appeared nationally in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones Magazine, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader, Slate.com, MSNBC.com and internationally for Information for Social Change, Internazionale, Umanita Nova and Novi list.
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What Does "Organic" Mean? - Local Futures

What Does "Organic" Mean? - Local Futures | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The organic food movement suffered a major setback recently, when the US National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted in favor of allowing hydroponically-grown products to receive the “organic” label. This decision should not have come as a surprise to those who have watched the organic movement steadily taken over by big agribusiness – a process …
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Federal Prosecutors Are Using Plea Bargains as a Secret Weapon for Deportations

Federal Prosecutors Are Using Plea Bargains as a Secret Weapon for Deportations | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Prosecutors are using plea agreements to push noncitizens to waive their right to an immigration hearing before being deported.
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The Reverse Midas Touch of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Turning the Middle East to Dust

The Reverse Midas Touch of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Turning the Middle East to Dust | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Mohammed bin Salman has essentially seized two foreign leaders, started a horrendous war in Yemen, and is heating up a conflict with Iran.
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It takes six months to lose all your holiday weight. Here’s how to avoid gaining it instead.

It takes six months to lose all your holiday weight. Here’s how to avoid gaining it instead. | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
This is not a pitch against eating. This is a pitch for mindful eating and intelligent exercise—because that’s how you’ll break the annual cycle.
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Twitter says its system is 'broken' after far-right organiser wins blue tick

Twitter says its system is 'broken' after far-right organiser wins blue tick | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Verification process is ‘paused’ after Jason Kessler, activist behind Charlottesville rally that sparked violence gains approval
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It's the end of "organic" as we know it | New Food Economy

It's the end of "organic" as we know it | New Food Economy | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Hydroponics can be certified organic, the USDA advisory board decides in an 8-7 vote.
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