Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A great deal has transpired over the past few years as it relates to safe schools legislation; baby steps to say the least. So while families continue to reach out to me for assistance, I have a hard time dealing with statements put out by our Ministry of Education. "Achieving Excellence" can be found http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/about/excellent.html Specifically, pages 14 to 16 talk about "Promoting Well-Being" of our students. For the most part I commend the hard and honest work being done by those who have a duty of care over our young. Having said that, this does not mean that there are certain individuals within our educational system that we have no business handing our children over to. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2011/09/29/bad_teachers_ontarios_secret_list.html Until this is addressed, until there is oversight that existing safe schools legislation is being adhered to, I am afraid that vision statements put out by our Ministry of Education are only words on paper; that nothing will change, and I will continue to hear from families involved in serious safety situations that most definitely do not promote ongoing health supports for some of our children.