Trouble: UofT and Language Courses

This particular news pertains to the situation regarding language courses and the University of Toronto at Scarborough (aka, real life stuff). Story starts after the jump.

So I just came back from one of my language courses today, and it’s been brought to my attention that as of this morning, UTSC (UofT at Scarborough) has decided to cut all language courses. This summer there will only be three courses taught, and after that only Mandarin. In two years there will only be the Heritage Mandarin course, which is not suited to people who don’t know the Mandarin language in the first place.

Now, let’s get down to the likely case of what might happen as a result of this:

  • The student body is going to be the first ones to be mad about this. Hell, even I’m here writing about it. I may not be in a Humanities or Linguistics program, but I can clearly say that anyone in those programs are reliant on language courses as a necessity in their studies, and cutting out the programs is only going to worsen their educational career. If you are a part of the student body, I urge you to write out to any student or municipal newspaper outlets, get the word out and let people know about it.
  • The union that the professors are part of is going to be quite pissed as well. At least a quarter if not a lot of their members are going to be out of a job, and I’m sure they will not let this go easily. Chances are that if the union has anything to say about it, there’ll likely be a strike and I would support them if they should do such a thing.
  • If this university campus is allowed to continue on with this behavior, they will start eying other programs that they will want to cut as well. Last I checked, the Arts specialist programs were under scrutiny…

Needless to say there’s a lot of drama that’s going to start within the next month or two, and it’s not going to be pretty.

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