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Press Release: Censorship in Academic Journals

posted Feb 10, 2014, 2:30 PM by Weston Renoud   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 9:19 AM ]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today one of our members, Weston Renoud, received a rejection notice from the McGill Journal of Education (MJE) for a short article (see attachment below).

The article, "Letter to the Editor: A Modern Approach to the Flat Earth Perspective," discusses IDIoTech, our place in education, and the tradition of promoting critical thinking in education originally pioneered by the Flat Earth Society. This was not surprising, but falls into a long tradition of censorship in the academic journals where ideas outside the mainstream are blatantly shunned and stymied.

Clearly not taking our member seriously, the MJE Editor-in-Chief called the submission "playful" and went on to say, "we do not see it as suitable for the MJE Forum." Such off hand remarks take light the importance of education and discourse in both academia and the broader world.

The article makes an appeal for direct observation - the encouragement of students to put stake in what they can observe - that was flat out rejected. Even the citing of new fields of study such as Biomimicry was simply ignored. This level headed article deserves to reach a wider audience but the academic community is in direct opposition to our ideas and are letting their bias show.

The public must speak out against such a blatant ivory tower mentality. It is up to enlightened individuals to promote the discourse that academia has so willfully ignored.

For further information or comment please contact:
        Weston Renoud (weston.renoud@unb.ca)