|January 7, 2000||Volume 7, Number 8|
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Conference didnt discussdumbing down University
To the editor:
Considering that the column, Easier Aboriginal access to U of S does no one a favor (OCN 26 Nov. 1999), came from someone who has been a reporter and an editor, it was perplexing.
By his own account Wayne Eyre relied for information about a conference on Aboriginal education upon The StarPhoenix and On Campus News, and supplemented those sources with a National Post column by David Frum and an item on CBC Radios Morning Edition. What he did not rely on directly, apparently, was the experience and assessments of anyone who attended the conference in question.
Had he consulted those in attendance, he might have learned that no one proposed easier entrance standards for Aboriginal students, no one spoke in favor of dumbing down courses in any discipline, and no one advocated action to move its [the Universitys] standards downward.
What those in attendance did discuss were two things: the challenges and benefits of attendance by more students of Aboriginal background at the U of S; and the potential that this University has to play a leadership role in improving the university prospects of Aboriginal people throughout the western hemisphere.
I wonder if Editor Eyre would have approved what columnist Eyre wrote for publication?
Jim Miller, FRSC
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