Western Civilisation Part 2
The dispute between the Ramsay Centre and the Australian National University continues unabated.
It’s now been revealed that six weeks of intense negotiations between the two organisations have failed to end the current impasse between them.
On one side, Ramsay Centre, is its chairman John Howard (yes, the sometime prime minister), reportedly digging in his heels for the right to approve staff appointments to teach the course in Western Civilisation, monitor content of the course as well as veto curriculum decisions, and, get this one, have representatives actually sit in on classes to do “health checks’ on content.
On the other side is ANU’s vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt, who has walked away from $3 billion funding from Ramsay Centre to establish and run the course, in the interests of “academic freedom” above a pile of money.
The University of Sydney is now in talks to see if it can land the money, but surely it will follow the fine example of ANU and, if there are to be such childish attacks on academic freedom, tell Ramsay Centre what it can do with the money – sideways if it likes.
Hopefully, in between patients/clients you’ve been able to have a squizz at the best show in town – the ‘Royal Commission into Misconduct
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