Friday, March 16, 2012

Quoting from the recent report, "Regarding an ideological or faith test as condition of employment at Providence University College" by William Bruneau and Robert Chernomas:

If academic freedom means academic staff must be free from ideological, doctrinal, or theological tests, then one may argue Providence University College is a “university” in name only. The fact that Providence has been chartered by the Legislature of the Province of Manitoba gives Providence the power to say it is a “university.” But there must be substantial doubt that free teaching, instruction, research, and public comment occur at Providence.

As a professor in the employ of Providence University College, this last sentence by Bruneau and Chernomas is absolutely false. I also find it insulting, and makes me particularly uncomfortable.

You can read the whole report here.

1 comment:

Climenheise said...

They key comes in the first "if". The ground for the assertion is dubious, dismissing with a stroke of the pen (or computer) the work of most universities in the world before this generation. And not seeing the contradiction in its own claim, as imperialistic as anything from the colonial period.