Saturday, December 10, 2011

Focus on Education: A Weekly Ontario News Update - December 10, 2011

A review of the week's education news in Ontario, including some noteworthy items from other provinces or the US.

Provincial Politicians Standing Up Against Religious Leaders
The province's education minister says she doesn't want a school system that discriminates.
News Talk 1010, December 10, 2011

Identity of rogue teachers to be made public
The identity and actions of many rogue teachers will no longer be kept secret from the public, the Ontario government has decided.
Toronto Star, December 10, 2011

Student audience hears first-hand account of violent school bullying
Mere hours after the second reading of the province's new anti-bullying bill Wednesday, a group of south Etobicoke youth sat riveted by the stories of a young man who could have been saved years of torment had the legislation been around when he was in high school. When Jeremy Dias, now 27, was in Grade 10 his family moved from Edmonton, Alberta to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he was the only visible minority in his new high school., December 10, 2011

Fringes don't speak for majority
Having spent eight years working for what is often called a "mainstream" church, I still tend to cringe whenever I see the media proclaiming "religious" groups have taken a position on something. The most recent incident dates back to Tuesday, when announced, "Religious groups cry foul over Ontario anti-bullying bill."
Belleville Intelligencer, December 10, 2011

H-SCDSB, student welcomes bullying legislation
While some religious groups are criticizing proposed legislation that would require schools to allow gay-straight alliances, Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School student Cameron Aitken says it's about time the province paved the way for the clubs.
Sault Star, December 10, 2011

PCVS makes some (really loud) noise at Queen's Park
They wanted the minister of education. She didn't show. They were willing to settle for Premier Dalton McGuinty – no sign of him, either, even after hundreds of teenagers called his name for half an hour.
Peterborough Examiner, December 8, 2011

Risky move pays off
Chelsea Felker stopped worrying about what other’s thought long ago. The Grimsby Secondary School senior is carefree. She doesn’t fit the mould of most teenagers portrayed in magazines or in movies. She lives life by her own rules and dresses by her own rules. And so, when she heard that other students were being teased and bullies for doing the same, she knew she needed to help., December 7, 2011

Broten says trustees should listen to critics
Education Minister Laurel Broten is encouraging Hamilton school board trustees to heed concerns about holding private pre-meetings before they hold open sessions on public business.
Hamilton Spectator, December 6, 2011

22 years later, women are still a target
Twenty-two years after Marc Lepine walked into l’Ecole Polytechnique with a rifle and murdered 14 young female engineering students, Canada still has a long way to go to stop gender-based violence...MPP Laurel Broten, minister of education and women’s issues, hopes the new anti-bullying legislation will help do just that.
Toronto Star, December 6, 2011

Ontario minister of education vows GSAs will be mandated in all schools
Ontario Catholic schools will not allow student groups to be called gay-straight alliances, the president of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA) pledges.
Xtra, December 1, 2011

Expelling bullies a last resort, McGuinty says
Students in Ontario who engage in homophobic smears or beat up their classmates would be given every opportunity to rehabilitate themselves under proposed legislation that also contains tougher consequences for schoolyard bullies.
Globe and Mail, December 1, 2011

Tailoring schools for students
For all the controversy surrounding the Toronto District School Board’s decision to add a high school to its existing Africentric program, it’s easy to forget Toronto has a history of ethnocentric schooling dating 30 years.
Toronto Sun, November 27, 2011