As a card carrying atheist I really do not like any religious interference in how the country is run. I do not like the deluded getting tax exempt status for their little social clubs where they sit around inventing stories about something that in all probability doesn’t exist and never has. BUT, and you knew that was coming, this latest stooshie over a student not wishing to meet with other students on religious grounds has me taking up the cause of the superstitious fool on this occasion.
- The student enrolled on an on-line course just to avoid such interaction in the first place. “One of the main reasons that I have chosen internet courses to complete my BA is due to my firm religious beliefs, and part of that is the intermingling between men and women,” he wrote, adding “it will not be possible for me to meet in public with a group of women (the majority of my group) to complete some of these tasks.”
- This student was then asked to meet up with fellow class mates for a project despite the course being an on-line course.
- Other students who were unable to meet up were allowed to do something else for credit instead of meet up.
- This student asked for the same consideration as other students who couldn’t meet up.
All religions of the book and many others are misogynistic by nature, although some cults within them vary on just how anti-women they are. But that isn’t the point here, the point is if you are offering a course on-line:
- why are you expecting students to meet up anyway?
And if you accept that an inability to attend is grounds for not completing that assignment and the student must do another one instead, then
- why should any reason for not attending be any different than any other?
Anybody who doesn’t wish to attend in person should be allowed to complete the alternative assignment. Why? Because one exists and not doing so smacks of selective behaviour or something worse. This looks like someone is going out of their way to pick a fight via a very badly constructed on-line course.
HINT: It isn’t an on-line course if all the coursework cannot be completed on-line.
Further HINT: If Peter MacKay thinks you are right, you are so far wrong you should worry.
Disclaimer – I am in the process of studying via a proper on-line course where all the work is conducted on-line including group interaction and group projects. But the folk who constructed this programme did it right.