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Saturday, December 11, 2010

From Macleans.ca: Academic Freedom is not freedom from standards

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Loosely translated, Peto’s thesis amounts to something in the realm of: “I’m onto you, you rich Jews. You’re using the Holocaust to deny your privileged status and pursue your Zionist exploits!” Actually, that language isn’t far from what Peto uses in her paper. But if Peto wants to spend her time typing foolishness at her laptop, that’s her choice. Academic freedom shouldn’t deny even the most nonsensical of pursuits. But academic freedom does not mean freedom from academic standards, and unfortunately, Peto’s paper seems to blur the line. After trudging through more than 100 pages of political hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims, it seems questions should be raised about the conception of academic standards at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) where Peto was awarded her master’s degree.

read the whole column here at Macleans.ca

UPDATE: Hey, it's a conspiracy convention!

Look who has rushed to defend the thesis alleging Jewish racism and conspiratorial exploitation of Holocaust guilt for nefarious racist and Zionist purposes - none other than 9-11 conspiracy theorist Joshua Blakeney! Blakeney is the sometime Canadian Charger correspondent who gloated about Christopher Hitchens getting cancer and who said that Michael Moore, yes, that Michael Moore, is complicit in the "9-11 cover-up."   Why does this all make sense?

1 comment:

Blazingcatfur said...

Wow that is some stellar cast of crazies.