Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Mike Harris's Honorary Hypocrisy

Nippissing University, presumably out of some masochism or ignorance, has decided that Mike Harris is deserving of an honorary degree.

Mike Harris.

Remember him? I do. He's the guy who wanted to "create a crisis in the education system." Why? To improve it? No, that was the lie his government told on the outside. The real reason, as has been recorded, was to "get government out of the education business."

That's why I assume the people at Nippissing are a bunch of masochists. Why would a public institution grant a degree to a man who wanted to destroy education.

The teachers are upset. In fact, they're so upset that they're considering the idea of refusing to give seats to student teachers from Nippissing.

The loyal Harris followers - specifically the people who hate public education and would prefer that the poor suffer in ignorance - will be quick to jump on this as if it were the teachers' fault. They'll tell us that the teachers are "using students" in their fight again. That's what they did when Mike Harris unilaterally took away teachers' retirement benefits, so I imagine it will happen again.

But frankly, I support the teachers. You know what? If you choose to go to Nippissing, after it honours a man who tried to destroy public education in Ontario, then you shouldn't come crawling to Ontario's public school teachers for apprenticeship. Go find a private school. Otherwise it's SOCIALISM! (ZOMG!)

Those teachers. They have a long memory. It's surprising how long people can be bitter at you when you use taxpayer money to attack them with lying, deceptive televisions ads.

The only real problem is that teachers are far too polite. They won't actually go through with it. The other problem is that they're really ineffective at public campaigns vilifying people. That was really Mike Harris's forte.

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Anonymous said...

Sorry, but the teachers' union is out of line on this one. They should be mature enough to handle different opinions on how education is managed. Furthermore, blame should go to the Liberals for they cut the transfer payments, do the teachers remember that?

Greg said...

Out of line?

The man wanted to "get government out of the education business" and then used tax dollars to vilify teachers on television.

The teachers can handle different opinions. But you'll find they have strong opinions about privatizing all of education and letting the poor kids get fucked over. That's Mike Harris in a nutshell.

I don't give a rat's ass about whatever crap you're talking about in regards to the Liberals. We're talking about Mike Harris and his destructive hatred of public institutions.