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The trouble with the Toronto high-school black list - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
PUBLISHED 15 HOURS AGO

Last year, the Toronto District School Board issued a report noting that the student body at specialty schools such as ESA tends to be whiter and more prosperous than the board average. Detecting bastions of entitlement, the authors of the report recommended shutting down the schools in the name of equity. That was an awful idea. Toronto’s specialty schools are gems. Parents revolted and the school board backed down. Specialty schools would stay. But a cloud continued to hang over ESA. Its principal, Peggy Aitchison, wanted to do everything she could to make sure the school was not “creating inequity.” So “with an objective of supporting success for all students, particularly those for whom we know as a group there are gaps,” she came up with a plan. She would give teachers a list of black students. It came to be called the “black list.”.....At institutions such as the Toronto board, which distinguished itself by banning the word “chief” from job titles to spare the feelings of Indigenous people, the air is simply full of talk about white privilege and systemic racism. The old ideal of colour blindness has gone right out the window. If you say that individuals should be judged by the content of their character not the colour of their skin, you simply don’t get it.

Here is the paradox of today’s Canada. Thanks to evolving attitudes and the critical work of crusaders for racial justice, prejudice is less prevalent that it has ever been. This country is approaching a moment that idealists have dreamed about for centuries − the moment when who you are matters more than how you look, how you pray or where you come from. Yet at this very moment, so full of promise, we find ourselves positively obsessed with racial identity.
high_schools  TDSB  race  elitism  political_correctness  identity_politics  Marcus_Gee  Toronto  arts  Etobicoke 
july 2018 by jerryking
Globe editorial: Banning a word isn’t going to help Indigenous Canadians - The Globe and Mail
There are scores of reserves across this country still under boil-water advisories. Indigenous Canadians live shorter lives than their fellow citizens, have lower incomes, are less likely to be in school or have a job, and more likely to be in jail. These are the real issues. The problem is not that job titles like "chief financial officer" exist. The problem is that too few native Canadians occupy such jobs, and too few are in a position to do so.

That's not something that can be fixed by purging a word.
aboriginals  political_correctness  TDSB  CTOs  CEOs 
october 2017 by jerryking
Former TDSB director guilty of plagiarizing his PhD, panel says - The Globe and Mail
CAROLINE ALPHONSO - EDUCATION REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017

An independent disciplinary tribunal at the University of Toronto found that Chris Spence, the former director of the Toronto District School Board, knowingly lifted and dropped paragraphs and sentences into his 1996 thesis.

The panel on Tuesday recommended that his PhD be “cancelled and recalled.” It also recommended that the university expel Dr. Spence and a permanent notification be placed on his academic transcript.......In December, a discipline committee of the Ontario College of Teachers found him guilty of professional misconduct and his teaching certificate was revoked. This was the first time the college revoked a teaching certificate because of plagiarism.....
TDSB  plagiarism  Chris_Spence  uToronto  PhDs 
june 2017 by jerryking
Toronto’s school board isn’t just troubled. It’s rotten - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 2015

It is just as hard to imagine how a government that balks at breaking up a ridiculous and wholly unnecessary commercial monopoly such as the Beer Store is going to undertake a root-and-branch reform of the country’s biggest school board. Yet that is what is called for – nothing less.

The problem at the TDSB goes far beyond a few trustees with swollen heads. The rot at the board is deeper than that. Teachers’ unions and custodians’ unions have far too much power, individual teachers and principals far too little. The dead hand of the education bureaucracy stifles innovation and creativity.
TDSB  education  mediocrity  Marcus_Gee  mismanagement  schools  performance  bureaucracies  dysfunction  reform  root-and-branch  unions  autonomy  leadership 
january 2015 by jerryking
Abolish the school boards - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 02 2014
TDSB  Toronto  Margaret_Wente 
december 2014 by jerryking
School-board politics, the gateway drug - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 20 2014
TDSB  Konrad_Yakabuski  dysfunction 
november 2014 by jerryking
Toronto school fundraising raises questions about equity in public-education system - The Globe and Mail
CAROLINE ALPHONSO AND KATE HAMMER - EDUCATION REPORTERS
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 03 2014
education  TDSB  fundraising  neighbourhoods  Toronto 
november 2014 by jerryking
Hiring should favour male, minority teachers: Toronto school board - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER and CAROLINE ALPHONSO - EDUCATION REPORTERS

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Feb. 19 2013
education  TDSB  hiring 
february 2013 by jerryking
Chris Spence's teachable moment
JOHN LORINC

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 18 2013,
Chris_Spence  John_Lorinc  plagiarism  resignations  TDSB  teachable_moments 
january 2013 by jerryking
Chris Spence, TDSB director, may have plagiarized multiple articles
Jan 10, 2013 | Posted Toronto | National Post | Megan O'Toole and Chris Selley.
TDSB  plagiarism 
january 2013 by jerryking
TDSB workers used public funds for personal business, manager says - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER - EDUCATION REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 20 2012
TDSB  corruption  unions  skilled_trades 
december 2012 by jerryking
Multiple Afrocentric schools suggested
January 31, 2008 | Globe & Mail | by James Bradshaw & Caroline Alfonso
Toronto  TDSB  Afrocentric 
august 2012 by jerryking
Give all parents educational choice Why shouldn't black kids have their own heroes as models of courage, strength and wisdom? It won't make them any less Canadian
February 4, 2008 | Globe and Mail | TOM FLANAGAN.

Today, Alberta's public, Catholic, charter and provincially subsidized private schools offer distinctive programs and separate schools for many different minorities - Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Jews, aboriginals, girls, the gifted, the handicapped, those who want the "three Rs," those who want progressive education, etc. etc. The result? Alberta consistently scores the highest among Canadian provinces on international tests of student performance. Free choice and competition are showing what they can achieve when they are allowed to operate.

Much of Afrocentrism looks like rubbish to me. But I'm sure my Protestant neighbours thought the same of Catholic doctrines, such as papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary that I learned from the Sisters of Mercy at St. Columba's parochial school in Ottawa, Ill.

Any Afrocentric schools in Toronto will be operating on public money, so they should be required to teach the provincial curriculum. Similarly, the Sisters of Mercy didn't just teach catechism; they taught spelling and grammar and arithmetic, followed by algebra, Latin, and chemistry, and everything else needed to succeed in a secular society.

It also goes without saying that the nasty bits of Afrocentrism, e.g. that Jews were the world's leading slave traders, must be kept out of the schools. But that shouldn't be too hard to achieve. After all, it's been a long time since Catholic and Protestant schools taught that other Christians should be burned at the stake.

Identity is vital for children. I grew up American before becoming Canadian, but my Catholic schooling added another dimension, making me feel connected to 2,000 years of saints and martyrs, scholars and statesmen, kings and conquerors. Why shouldn't African-Canadian kids have their own heroes as models of courage, strength and wisdom? It won't make them any less Canadian.... keep trying other formulas until you find the one that works.
African_Canadians  TDSB  Afrocentric  freedom_of_choice  heroes  private_schools 
august 2012 by jerryking
Good plan without the Afri overlay
February 7, 2008 | The Caribbean Camera | Oscar Wailoo
Afrocentric  TDSB  Dalton_McGuinty  schools 
august 2012 by jerryking
Panic in the blackboard jungle
January 12, 2008 | G&M pg A 23 | Margaret Wente
Margaret_Wente  TDSB  guns  gangs  sexual_assault  race  parenting 
august 2012 by jerryking
Problem starts at home
February 7, 2008 | The Caribbean Camera | editorial by Raynier Maharaj.

Any effort to address the failure rate of black students will fail if it does not take the specific home environment into consideration. That’s the key. Educational intervention has to be designed to replace what is lacking at home to be successful.
Remember this: if 40 percent of black students are dropping out of the school system, this means 60 percent are finishing school in the exact same system. Not just that, but children of other minority backgrounds are exceling in same school system where the curriculum also does not address their specific ethnic or cultural needs.
Look, we cannot be afraid to say where real problem is, for that is the only way it can be addressed.
editorials  African_Canadians  Afrocentric  Caribbean  dropouts  dysfunction  family_breakdown  high_schools  parenting  TDSB 
august 2012 by jerryking
Memo to Toronto school board: Are you nuts?
February 2, 2008 | G& M pg. A23 | Jeffrey Simpson.

Given the provincial election results, it is hard to fathom how the Toronto District School Board could be sanctioning "Afrocentric schools" that, although theoretically open to all, are clearly designed for black students only, or almost only. How could it be that having rejected an extension of religiously based schools just a few months ago, the province's largest city will now countenance the creation of racially based ones?

Of course, the board was pressured, as boards often are, by interest groups with a cause - in this case, the theory that inadequate educational achievement can be improved by changing the curriculum. That poor achievement - a 40 per cent dropout rate by black students - is supposed to be lowered if the curriculum is more Afrocentric, which will be quite a trick in mathematics, physics, biology, foreign languages, basic civics, and even the broad sweep of world and Canadian history.
The theory is largely unsound. The much more frequent explanations for poor student achievement, for blacks or any other group, have much less to do with curriculum than factors over which schools have little control: dysfunctional families, troubled neighbourhoods, few role models (absent fathers), poverty, gangs or, in a few immigrant communities, attitudes toward education (especially for females) that are not easily reconciled with mainstream Canadian ones.

All the discourse about inclusiveness, that usually forms a staple of trendy, leftish discourse, has been discarded by the Toronto board in favour of its opposite: membership based overwhelmingly on one characteristic of the human and educational experience - race. As such, it is at profound variance with an important goal of a "public" school system, and should therefore be rejected.
Jeffrey_Simpson  African_Canadians  TDSB  identity_politics  Afrocentric  education  schools  dropouts  public_schools  race  achievement_gaps  family_breakdown  dysfunction  fatherhood  out-of-wedlock 
august 2012 by jerryking
TDSB uses a personal touch to bring dropouts back to school
May. 31, 2012| The Globe and Mail | KATE HAMMER (EDUCATION REPORTER)

Canada’s largest school board has come up with a new approach to bringing students back to the fold. Starting in mid-August last year, a team of four retired teachers and guidance counsellors worked the phones for two weeks, dialled every phone number they could find and refused to settle for answering machines or voice-mail....The TDSB sought out every student district-wide, including those who hadn't registered for classes, but it's the personal touch to their approach that made all the difference, according to Bruce Ferguson, a professor at the University of Toronto and expert on why students drop out.
education  TDSB  dropouts  high_schools  Toronto 
june 2012 by jerryking
The test
January-February 2009 | This Magazine | Andrew Wallace.

Africentric schools could be the key to success for a generation at risk. (Just don't call it segregation.)
African_Canadians  Afrocentric  schools  Toronto  TDSB  segregation 
march 2012 by jerryking
Boutique schools: elitist or evocative? - The Globe and Mail
tamara baluja
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012
education  schools  TDSB  elitism  children 
february 2012 by jerryking
Jaye's Rant 7: An Afro-Centric Solution - SkyscraperCity
29th, 2008 |Jelani Laws

Jaye's Rant 7: An Afro-Centric Solution
An Afro-centric Solution

By: Jelani Laws
Afrocentric  schools  African_Canadians  race  TDSB  segregation 
november 2011 by jerryking
Africentric school against everything Toronto stands for - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE | Columnist profile | E-mail
Globe and Mail Update
Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Afrocentric  TDSB  Toronto  Marcus_Gee 
november 2011 by jerryking
"Advertising on video screens in high schools worries critics."
13 Oct. 2009 | Globe & Mail | : by John Lorinc. A plan to
install digital information screens in Toronto high schools is stirring
concerns about whether the school board is poised to sell advertising to
a captive audience of students.

The Toronto District School Board has asked prospective vendors to
submit proposals for a "digital signage" pilot project that includes a
"self-funded solution ... with an opportunity to generate revenue."

The 48-page request for proposals indicates that the supplier of video
signs would have the right to sell space on them to cover equipment and
operating costs. The request, which was posted on a public-sector
tendering website for two weeks in late September, states that if a
pilot in a handful of downtown Toronto schools is successful, the
project could be rolled out in high schools across the city, reaching
thousands of teens.
John_Lorinc  advertising  TDSB  digital_signage  pilot_programs  revenue_generation 
june 2011 by jerryking
Critics urge Toronto board to move ahead with special-program schools - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER — EDUCATION REPORTER
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011
education  TDSB  specialization  schools 
april 2011 by jerryking
Idea of ‘Africentric lens’ at Oakwood Collegiate called short-sighted - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 8:54PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011
TDSB  Marcus_Gee  Afrocentric  schools  students  achievement_gaps  segregation 
april 2011 by jerryking
TDSB withdraws plans for Africentric high school - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER
Published Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011
Beth Davey, co-chair of Oakwood Collegiate’s school council, said that
students unanimously favoured introducing Africentric elements to the
curriculum over opening a “school inside a school.”

She also expressed concern over the Africentric school’s mandate to
reach underachieving students.

“Most students don’t want to blend their day-to-day with a critical mass
of underachieving kids.”
TDSB  Afrocentric  high_schools  proposals  Toronto  African_Canadians  segregation 
april 2011 by jerryking
Judging the risks in the backcountry
Feb 4, 2003 | The Globe & Mail pg. A.18 | editorial.
Becoming independent requires some assumption of risk. That is the
process of growing up. Toronto's school board, failing to understand
this, demolished its playground equipment in 170 schoolyards three years
ago without any statistical evidence of dangerousness. Hockey, Canada's
game, exposes boys and girls to the risk of serious spinal-cord
injuries, yet the game goes on.
backcountry  risks  life_and_death  life_skills  TDSB  editorials  coming-of-age  risk-assessment  playgrounds  dangers  soul-enriching  children 
december 2009 by jerryking
Leaping over educational adversity
Dec 6, 2007 | Globe and Mail | by Jill Mahoney. Profiles TDSB's Literacy Enrichment Academic Program.
literacy  education  schools  TDSB  toronto 
february 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: How Romanian-Canadians make the grade
April 5, 2008 | Globe & Mail | article by John Lorinc,
special to the Globe& Mail, profiling a Romanian Canadian family and
their attitude towards educations. Also, a listing of language groups
and their respective drop out rates from Toronto public schools.
education  Romanian  schools  John_Lorinc  school_districts  achievement_gaps  TDSB  dropouts 
january 2009 by jerryking
A+ for cultural capital
Jun. 27, 2006 G&M op-ed by Margaret Wente on immigrant
students in Toronto … fully 43% of Toronto’s secondary school students
were born outside Canada. For all the hardships faced by new immigrants
to Canada, many of their kids are the brightest of the bright. And they
also make up a disproportionate share of dropouts. It appears that how
well these students do in school has far more to do with where they’re
from than how long they’ve been here...The education system is supposed
to be the great equalizer. So what can the schools do about these
achievement gaps? People in Toronto are discussing all the usual stuff
-- a more inclusive curriculum, more ethnic teachers, more outreach to
families, more rejection of ethnic stereotypes, and, of course, an end
to discrimination. But the education system's ability to equalize the
outcomes is probably severely limited. That's because cultural capital
is formed at home and formed early.
achievement_gaps  high_schools  performance  Toronto  Margaret_Wente  schools  immigrants  TDSB  school_districts  dropouts  disproportionality  education  outcomes  cultural_capital  hardships 
january 2009 by jerryking
Why Our Schools Don't Get A's
Nov. 29, 2007 Maggie Wente column on what's holding back schools in the Toronto School District.
schools  Afrocentric  African_Canadians  Margaret_Wente  school_districts  ProQuest  TDSB 
january 2009 by jerryking

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