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Acadia University. Judicial politics, authoritarianism, Islam, free speech and education. Tweets do not represent the views of my Employer.
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Sep 28 4 tweets 2 min read
M4L is up in arms about this issue, but as near I can tell, PEN is completely correct. Both M4L and the school district keep repeating that the "Girls Who Code" books were never banned from the library, but PEN never claimed they were.… Image The district is now furiously backpedaling and obfuscating, trying to persuade the public that no books were ever banned. But as PEN explained yesterday in press release, an email that went out to teachers at the time explicitly includes a classroom ban.…
Sep 28 4 tweets 1 min read
I must say I LOVE watching the right twist itself into a position where public libraries can ban material but a private social media company cannot. Image Incidentally, the fact that they feel compelled to make this argument is a victory. They know they're vulnerable.
Sep 23 6 tweets 2 min read
There’s no such thing as academic freedom. There is no such thing as professors’ free speech.

That’s what the state of Florida has claimed in its reply brief to the ACLU’s lawsuit against the Stop WOKE Act. It’s an all-out assault.… Not a lawyer, but I can get the gist. The state seeks to extend Garcetti to classroom instruction in higher ed, including to speech germane to the course’s subject matter. It’s all government speech, says Florida. We get to control it all.
Sep 22 5 tweets 2 min read
2100+ Baton Rouge public school students were bussed to what they and their parents were told would be a college and career fair. Little did they know it was being held at the Living Faith Christian Center.

Guess what happened next.… They separated the students by gender (as one naturally does at a college and career fair), and then proceeded to chat with the girls about rape. Image
Sep 21 8 tweets 2 min read
Just to reiterate: HB 1557's prohibition only relates to "classroom instruction", but schools are so understandably terrified that they are extending it to libraries as well. All this could be cleared up with a state-level guidance, but none is forthcoming.

Why, you might ask? The law, known to critics as the Don't Say Gay Act, came into effect on July 1. In the lead up, the Florida DoE announced it was compiling rules meant to facilitate implementation. They were supposed to be released in late June.…
Sep 12 4 tweets 1 min read
"Once at the center of efforts to sweep Republicans into power on school boards and municipal governments across Connecticut, opposition to critical race theory has all but disappeared from the GOP playbook this fall."… "Interest in the once-obscure academic framework surrounding racism, in fact, seems to have fizzled out almost as quickly as it arrived in 2021....Now, less than a year later, Republican leaders say they’ve moved on to a broader message about 'parental rights'."
Sep 11 10 tweets 3 min read
Reasons to dismiss the NYTimes piece out of hand (a sure to be continuing series).

1. It’s anti-Semitic. 2. It came out on the wrong day.
Sep 11 8 tweets 4 min read
Wow, some incredible bad faith from Liel.

Liel argues that even if secular ed in yeshivas is bad, that's the wrong metric. What really matters if happiness and meaning, and that according to a 2020 study, yeshivas deliver.… Image But as @jeremyfprice just pointed out, the 2020 study does NOT conclude that Haredi Jews are happier. What it finds is that *among Haredi Jews*, those who prioritize meaning and community are happier than those who prioritize immediate positive emotions.
Sep 6 5 tweets 1 min read
I wish I had the energy and focus for anything that Ben brings to bear on being aggrieved. "Really, Mr. Reagan? America is a nation of millions, and to suppose that it is or ought to be a mere "city on a hill" is a ludicrous proposition unworthy of a global superpower."
Aug 30 5 tweets 4 min read
Universities do not brainwash students, part 589,470:

@elizabeth_sim0n uses 26 years of survey data on 16,000 British sibling clusters (approx. 40k people total) to measure the effect of higher ed on political-cultural values. The answer: virtually none.… @elizabeth_sim0n Values were measured across three axes: economic, environmental, and gender-egalitarian. Each saw a slight change: more conservative in the case of the first two and more liberal with the third. But the effects were vanishingly small, e.g. 1/20th of a point on a 1-5 point scale.
Aug 24 25 tweets 16 min read
New from @PENamerica, a story out of Oklahoma that has everything critics of anti-CRT laws warned about and everything supporters assured us would never happen.… It's a story about a vague statute, capricious officials, half-assed procedures, culture war fury, and two school districts that together serve over 35,000 students.

It's also very hard to explain, but I'll try.
Aug 22 4 tweets 1 min read
This is the fourth university-level guidance I've seen for HB 7 (not counting the one from the State Board), and they just keep getting worse. "Coupling this requirement with the remaining requirements of HB 7 would seem to indicate that the College needs to find ways to increase certain minority participation in STEM courses without referencing their minority status."

Aug 18 16 tweets 9 min read
Fed judge: "Normally, the First Amendment bars the state from burdening speech, while private actors may burden speech freely. But in Florida, the First Amendment apparently bars private actors from burdening speech, while the state may burden speech freely." @jonathanchait @jonathanchait On HB 7: "the challenged provision of the Act is a naked viewpoint-based regulation on speech that does not pass strict scrutiny."…
Aug 17 8 tweets 5 min read
New from @PENamerica: Our comprehensive, end-of-legislative-session report on Educational Gag Orders. Across virtually every metric, every state, and every institution, the bills introduced in 2022 were worse than anything we've seen so far.… @PENamerica The headline number: the number of EGOs increased in 2022 by 250%. Bill were introduced in 36 different states. In the month of January alone, 18 educational gag orders were filed in Missouri, 8 in Indiana, and 6 in Arizona.
Aug 8 4 tweets 3 min read
Me (seeing the picture on the left): Wow, this pic is really making the rounds on Conservative Twitter. Wonder why they never include a link.

Me (after five seconds of googling): Oh. That's why.… That's okay, they still have time to correct the record!…
Aug 3 7 tweets 2 min read
For the last 14 months(!), my union has been negotiating a new contract with the Board. We deadlocked, went on strike, and ultimately entered into binding arbitration.

On Friday, we got the award, and there are big changes to our Academic Freedom article I want to brag about. First, some background. Unlike in the US, Canadian faculty have no constitutionally recognized expressive rights on the job. Instead, academic freedom and free speech are *negotiated* rights, won via collective bargaining and enshrined in legally binding collective agreements.
Jul 18 10 tweets 4 min read
The walls are closing in on Amy Wax. Late last month, the dean of UPenn's law school formally requested that the Faculty Senate initiate disciplinary hearings against Wax over her incredibly racist conduct.… The letter is long, but the meat of it focuses on four categories of speech: 1) Racist commentary in class; 2) Racist commentary in media; 3) Racist/sexist comments about student grades; and 4) Racist comments toward faculty colleagues.
Jul 2 6 tweets 2 min read
Not only is this interpretation true, it isn't even unique to Reform Jews! Just consult a seminal article on the subject in Tradition, Orthodox Judaism's premier English language journal of Halakhic scholarship.… Image Affirmative.
Jun 30 6 tweets 2 min read
With abortion now a state issue, never forget that Republicans are enthusiastically in favor of packing state supreme courts. So Dems, don't feel shy!

2016: Arizona GOP adds two seats to the state supreme court.… 2016: Over the objections of its own justices, the Georgia GOP expands the court from 7 to 9.…
Jun 30 6 tweets 2 min read
Broadly, Judaism recognizes two covenants: the one between God and Jews and the one between God and gentiles. It is a curious feature of the religion that the former has a more permissive stance toward abortion than the latter.… Gentiles are subject to the Noahide laws, the seven commandments established by God after the Flood. Under these laws, abortion is never permissible. But that ban doesn't apply to Jews, who established a second and (on abortion) more permissive covenant with God at Sinai.
Jun 30 14 tweets 6 min read
Under a new civics program launched by Gov. DeSantis, the Florida DoE is partnering with Hillsdale College to offer professional training to public K-12 teachers. Here is what teachers were shown last week about:

1. The Founders' opposition to slavery;… 2. The argument for Originalism (note: no alternative interpretive theories were discussed);