Are At-Risk Students Bunnies to Be Drowned?

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Jan 25, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's hard to know whether to be amused or offended by this story. Anyone who has attended university is familiar with the concept of 'weeding out' courses designed to thin the incoming class. And while there are many defenders of this philosophy, few have put it so, um, graphically: "This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads." The speaker in question is Mount St. Mary’s University president Simon Newman, as reported in the MSMU student newspaper, the Mountain Echo. It reminds me of the old 'or the bunny gets it' clip. So obviously the language is inappropriate for the context. Even so, MSVU's Board is standing by their president.

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