Postsecondary education should not be “neutral”: Opinion

September 14, 2021
University education should not remain “neutral” in the face of racial injustice, write Jennifer S Simpson (Provost and VP, Ryerson University), Sulaimon Giwa (Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Memorial University), and Verna St Denis (Professor, University of Saskatchewan). The authors argue that universities should see education as a way to ensure graduates are prepared to contribute to an equitable society, and that the material presented to students and the way it is presented will inevitably influence the student’s understanding. “Knowledge acts in the world and has consequences for how people live,” write the authors, who argue that keeping a “neutral” classroom leads to missed opportunities for students. The Conversation (National)