Jordan Peterson turns his "free speech" crusade into an assault on academic freedom - 2017-11-13
Peterson's stated aim with the website is to allow students to rate their professors. But his goal, he says, is to reduce enrollment in university social science and humanities classes that he describes as "indoctrination cults." These include gender and racial studies, and even English literature and schools of education, which he calls "corrupt."
Senior faculty members at UofT have expressed "deep concern" to the university administration warning in a letter made public last week that the website will "generate harassment" and lead to "unsafe work and study conditions for students, faculty and staff."
The letter asks university administrators "to proactively prevent this harassment before it begins," noting Peterson's "violence-tinged" language in the past to describe courses he disapproves of as "bordering on murderous."
Peterson has used defamatory, inflammatory and even violent terms to describe his academic opponents who take issue with his opposition to the use of gender pronouns, in particular, the federal government's adding of "gender identity and gender expression" to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act.