Yesterday I found out that my writing class, the one in which students have to submit work to get into, the same class that has been occupying the same room since 1969 (I believe), is being cancelled next year. Why? The economy. Apparently the small size of the class isn’t financially feasible. Interesting, considering that within the past year, my university was able to build a 270,000 square foot building for Ivey business students and a shiny new residence that holds 1,000 students. Western University was apparently able to raise $111 million dollars to support the construction of the new business building, yet has the guts to cancel a small creative writing class that gives students (from any faculty) an amazing creative experience.
Remember my post about academia? Well my creative writing class, along with my feminism and ecology class offers students non-normative ways to learn and succeed. Unfortunately, there is a recurring theme within Canadian universities in which alternative teaching and learning is feared and undervalued. I’m just so heartbroken for the fate of this class, and my professor, who’s time and energy has gone into making the class what it is. It’s sad that it’s being thrown away. So angry at whoever made this decision.