The University of Toronto is under fire (and deservedly so) for
A) Having a homeopath as an instructor whose curriculum was a combination of nonsensical statements and propaganda. When your “science” background is non existent that is, of course, what happens. I’d link to the curriculum but it has been deleted. It is curious that if you stand by your course and the information why you would delete it?
This is the now broken link:
B) Ignoring or dismissing the concerns of faculty who actually teach the subjects that were butchered in the Department of Anthropology.
Since the faculty were ignored the medical students at the University of Toronto decided to send a letter documenting their concerns:
We echo concerns that members of the academic community have previously raised about the quality of teaching in the aforementioned course. We do not believe that the report submitted by Dr. Vivek Goel adequately addresses our concerns, and feel that it is impossible for the academic community at large to learn from this controversy without a more thorough investigation.
We therefore request a thorough, independent investigation into the entirety of the course, as well as the institutional culture that potentially fostered shortcomings to high quality education. This should be done with representatives from the biomedical sciences to address questions of scientific accuracy. This investigation should focus on and specifically detail claims made by the lecturer referring to vaccination, homeopathy, and quantum physics. The results of this investigation should be made directly available to the public, and be sent to all current or former students who took the course.
It’s a great letter and worth a read! I am so proud that these people represent the future of medicine in Canada.
So as it stands the President of University of Toronto thinks it’s balanced to teach students (among other things)
-Lies about vaccines
– Fake physics
– Meditation shrinks cancer
Oh, and that no science credentials are required to teach about health.
The longer the President takes to own this issue, apologize to the ignored faculty, and explain what happened and how it will never happen again the more it looks like quality of education doesn’t matter at the University of Toronto and that legitimate concerns of faculty members mean nothing. Alternatively, it could mean if you want to teach at the U of T don’t bother with quality education, marry a Dean.