Jordan Peterson has been the subject of several hit pieces in the media, with the Nellie Bowles' in the New York Times being the latest. With the recent tragedy in Toronto--that of Alek Minassian's van rampage through a downtown street--I examine some aspects Peterson's thinking as it fits (or doesn't) into our current academic milieus. … Continue reading Jordan Peterson: The Kids Are Alright
Back in the 80s, I was in a Women’s Studies class when I had a revelation. The professor announced that a well-known feminist had uttered treacherous words, asserting women could “get over” rape. Pandemonium, complete with shrieking and wailing, made its way around the lecture hall like a stadium wave. I remember sitting quietly and … Continue reading The Spectacles of #MeToo
When I was a less experienced teacher, I made a big mistake. Students were composing essays in a computer lab, and one young man thought he would be clever. Instead of writing, he spent his time shopping for an online essay. A flash of his parents’ gold card near the end of the class is … Continue reading The Dishonesty of #MeToo and the #Canlit Scene
This updated article was originally published in December of 2016. Shortly afterward, I was contacted by a verified and reluctant participant in the scandal. That contact revealed MC's name, which I have removed for reasons I am not at liberty to state here. On a frigid night a few years ago, a friend dragged me to … Continue reading The Curious Case of Steven Galloway
Years ago, in a four-plex owned by my mother, I heard a baby's cries coming from a ground-floor unit. I was doing maintenance nearby, patching walls and taping baseboards in preparation for painting. When the cries became worrisome, I knocked on the door, twice. No answer, but the cries worsened. I got out my keys … Continue reading Does the Academy Devalue Children?