Education

Academics Spending Big In Search Of Racism
3 October 2019

Academics Spending Big In Search Of Racism

If you were not already convinced that Australia’s humanities departments have truly lost their way, the latest research project from the faculty of arts and social sciences at the University of Sydney should get you over the line. Resurgent Racism is the seventh “flagship” theme of FutureFix, a program devised by academics at the university to show taxpaying Australians their
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Union’s War On The West
2 May 2019

Union’s War On The West

How threatening to some academics is the idea of a program in Western civilisation being taught on their campuses? Enough that it’s worth going to court over. That’s right: the National Tertiary Education Union, along with a staff member from the University of Wollongong, have resorted to going to the NSW ­Supreme Court to fight the university’s decision to offer
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IPA Welcomes Free Speech Review, Time For Universities To Act
9 April 2019

IPA Welcomes Free Speech Review, Time For Universities To Act

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the Government’s independent review into university freedom of speech undertaken by the Hon Mr Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the High Court Chief of Australia. “The review was instigated following concerns raised by the IPA, academics, students, and even some university chancellors, about the state of
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Trust An Academic To Be So Foolish
25 March 2019

Trust An Academic To Be So Foolish

Last month the University of Sydney sacked a lecturer in politics who showed his class a swastika superimposed over the flag of ­Israel. Last week another Univer­sity of Sydney academic, English lecturer Nick Riemer, had published in The Sydney Morning ­Herald an article that succeeded in being offensive, insensitive and hypocritical. ­Riemer managed to display publicly the deep sickness that pervades so many parts
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Three Years In An Aussie Re-Education Camp
9 February 2019

Three Years In An Aussie Re-Education Camp

The next cohort of prospective undergraduates who plan on studying Australia’s history at university in 2019 should scrutinise the subject descriptions on offer with considerable care. If they are hoping that three years of a university education might provide an understanding of modern Australia in terms of our debt to Western civilisation, they should steer well clear. If, however, they
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Children Lose Out If Academics Shade Literature With Gender Politics
8 February 2019

Children Lose Out If Academics Shade Literature With Gender Politics

The news that academics from Queensland University of Technology are demanding that the selection of texts recommended by the national curriculum should “better reflect the sexual diversity of the classroom” provides us with more evidence that academics are more interested in engaging in political activism than they are in imparting the knowledge and wisdom of great literature. To put books
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Australian History’s Last Stand
14 January 2019

Australian History’s Last Stand

In the latest IPA Explainer, the IPA’s Dr Bella d’Abrera discusses the findings of the latest IPA report ‘Australian History’s Last Stand: An Audit of Australian History Teaching at Universities
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Literacy And Numeracy Skills Are Declining As Students Are Taught To Be More Politically Active
5 December 2018

Literacy And Numeracy Skills Are Declining As Students Are Taught To Be More Politically Active

Last week, thousands of angry and emotional schoolchildren carrying an array of crudely-made placards bearing messages of varying degrees of originality took to the streets of Sydney to protest against the Morrison government’s ‘lack of action’ on climate change. Meanwhile, in a Melbourne kindergarten, four-year-olds were recruited by their teacher to protest against refugee rights on Nauru. These baby-faced campaigners
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Minister’s Veto Exposes The Rot Within The Humanities
1 November 2018

Minister’s Veto Exposes The Rot Within The Humanities

The news that former federal education minister Simon ­Birming­ham vetoed several hum­anities research projects submitted to the Australian Research Council last year has sparked a flurry of protests by the academic Left. The real cause of the offence and outrage is because these academics have been outed to the public. Academics employed in hum­anities departments have cried that this was
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Reform ABC And Unis By Funding Cuts
5 October 2018

Reform ABC And Unis By Funding Cuts

In a public debate in Canada a few months ago with the psychologist Jordan Peterson and the philosopher Sam Harris, Bret Weinstein, the American evolutionary biologist, got to the heart of the crisis engulfing some of our society’s key cultural and political institutions. “We’ve arrived at a place in history where the sense-making apparatus that usually helps us figure out
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