Friday, October 14, 2005

Wanderings through the blogosphere

The Good, surrounded by red tape:

All systems are go for construction of a privately-funded downtown waterfront stadium, Vancouver Whitecaps soccer club officials announced Thursday during a well-attended news conference at Granville Square plaza.

Bob Lenarduzzi, the Whitecaps' director of soccer operations, and club president John Rocha said plans for a 15,000-16,000-seat soccer-specific stadium are proceeding, adding that the first order of business is an application to the city of Vancouver for a development permit.

The application process is expected to be lengthy -- perhaps as long as two years -- making it difficult to predict when the stadium will open, Lenarduzzi said.

[..] Rocha said the stadium will be "100-per-cent funded" by Whitecaps owner Greg Kerfoot.
HT: Canadian Taxpayers Federation

The Bad, again, via CTF:

ANNAPOLIS Valley regional school board officials say that cancelling a school trip to see the Neptune Theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird this week is not about censorship, but about protecting valuable classroom instructional time. Perhaps. At the same time, there’s no question the highly charged, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee, on which the play is based, would certainly not be considered “appropriate” teaching material in Valley classrooms. And that is a pity.

If the classroom time ration-ale seems arbitrary to the Avon View High School students who lost their chance to see the thought-provoking play, that’s because it was. Other schools from the Valley had already, apparently openly, made the same trip. Only when the Avon View principal contacted the school board office to make arrangements for his Grade 11 students to go to Halifax did concerns about lost classroom time seem to become insurmountable.

Kay Johnson, the Annapolis board’s race relations co-ordinator, says the question of whether To Kill a Mockingbird should be used by teachers in Valley schools – she says no – is a separate issue from the Avon View school’s planned trip. We believe they’re related. But let’s look only at the first question.

To sum up the argument against To Kill a Mockingbird, the main objection is that it contains multiple negative elements – most explosively, the use of the so-called “N-word” that can hurt, humiliate and demean those of African heritage – that may not be sending the right messages. Schools must provide safe learning environments, educational officials like Ms. Johnson say, and there are better materials, equally effective at exposing students to the hard realities of life, including racism, that do not promote one child’s learning at another’s expense.

And the ugly:

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

School board officials also banned The Miracle Worker because handicapped persons' feelings might be hurt by the wanton use of the 'B' word, the 'D' word and the other 'D' word.