Re Toronto School Board To Do Away With ‘Chief’ In Job Titles (Oct. 12): Canada must be fast becoming the most ludicrously politically correct nation on Earth. Now the word “chief” is to be erased from job titles by a school board, even though no one has complained (yet!). We already have the word “master” suspended and likely to be permanently removed as the title of the head of Massey College, even though this term has been used for centuries in academia.
The Toronto District School Board’s suggested “manager” or “executive officer” in place of “chief” is meaningless in identifying an individual’s position in the organization’s hierarchy. “Chief`” denotes “head.” It is not exclusive to indigenous tribes. “Master” is also one of many words used in numerous contexts.
At this rate, the government should form a Department of Unacceptable Words, with a mandate to spend as long as it takes to erase every contentious word in all of the many languages spoken in Canada to ensure that no one, not even one citizen, can feel offended. (As a byproduct, it would employ many more public servants!) – Tom Singer, Burlington, Ont.
A letter writer suggested that eliminating the title “master” at the University of Toronto’s Massey College would be a disservice to the memory of those who served in this role. Not so: It would be a recognition that the language of men, so prominent in the university, may have had its day (Judgment, Response, Oct. 4).
“Master” is a title that has racist connotations and it also generally refers to men. As a child, I never received letters addressed to Master Mary. Only boys were “Master.”
Regrettably, efforts in the 1990s by some universities to allow women to graduate with degree designations other than “Bachelor” and “Master” faded. However, finally many female professors who leave full-time positions can achieve the status of “emerita.” The unfortunate events at Massey may inadvertently enable us to move into 2017. – Mary Valentich, professor emerita, University of Calgary
Based on recent news regarding political correctness at the University of Toronto, Massey College, and the Toronto District School Board, I have concluded that our educational bureaucracy has been taken over by zombies.
I suggest we appoint the provost of the University of Toronto, the master (sic) of Massey College, and the chair of the Toronto District School Board to lead Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk. – Merlin Donald, professor emeritus, Queen’s University