Friday, March 26, 2010

Are Academics Like This Everywhere?

Are they leftists everywhere, even in Canada?

Project Hero provides scholarships to those who have had a parent killed in action while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces...

This week, 16 professors at the university (of Regina) wrote an open letter to the administration asking the university to cease participation in Project Hero. The 16 didn’t like the fact that soldiers who died in combat in Afghanistan were portrayed as “heroes”. One of the professor’s, Jeffrey Webber, was quoted as saying, “We think this program is a glorification of Canadian imperialism in Afghanistan.” Webber went on to describe the war in Afghanistan as the “occupation of a sovereign country”.

Fortunately, there are some people with clear heads.

The administration at the University of Regina has no plans to cancel Project Hero. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall expressed his disappointment with the letter and one Regina area MP is calling on the professors to apologize to the Canadian troops, something not likely to happen.

The Gang of 88 hasn't apologized for the Duke drumhead, either. Being an academic means never having to say you're sorry.


Curmudgeon said...

These are the same people who offer courses in Fluffy Studies. Why are you surprised that they have fluffy brains?

Darren said...

Not surprised, disappointed.

Ellen K said...

Nothing surprises me anymore from that direction.

Michael said...

I know no one like that in academia, but of course I teach at a mid-level directional university, where teaching is considered important.