Conservative pundit demands ideological litmus test for teachers, calls for mass layoffs - 2019-11-29
Danielle Smith, the former leader of the Wildrose Party, is making a public plea to get rid of education workers that are "trash-talking" the oil sands. In an op-ed piece for the Calgary Herald, Smith derides teachers and school administrators for pushing "anti-oil sands rhetoric."
The basis for her attacks is a Grade 10 social sciences test. In it, students are asked to identify the bias of a statement that is critical of oil sands development.
The question is not even centred around the validity of the statement. It is merely an exercise in critical thinking to help students identify an author's predispositions.