‘A real opportunity’ to bolster post-secondary funding, says economist For Osob Mohamed, finishing her final semester at Simon Fraser University is bittersweet. Despite feeling the accomplishment of completing her health sciences degree, she’s apprehensive what’s next for her during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is feeling a little more bleak, I think, than anything,” said the Surrey, B.C., resident. “It definitely isn’t what I imagined it would be … particularly now looking at the job market and thinking about what my next steps and my prospects are.” The coronavirus pandemic has dealt multiple blows to Canadian post-secondary students, altering their schooling and drastically affecting their job options. Student leaders and policy experts are calling for them to get more help in next week’s federal budget, wary of long-term consequences if they are not supported.
Many teachers and educators clearly need to brush up on Alberta’s anti-bullying curriculum. They may teach it, but they obviously don’t live it. The vitriol, vandalism, threats and incivility hurled towards anyone who expresses support for any portion of Alberta’s K-6 draft curriculum is proof of that. The hatred and anger are simply over the top. The gratuitous insults — “you fat cow,” “bootlicker,” “Nazi” — however, speak directly to the misogynistic bullying that very likely causes these very same cowardly, anonymous hypocrites to wear a pink T-shirt on the last Wednesday of February every year and tweet about it and post virtue-signalling photos on their Instagram accounts. “It’s ironic, because their argument on sticking with the skills-based approach that exists in the curriculum is they want to develop independent thinkers of their students without teaching them knowledge, but they attack anyone who thinks independently from them or the masses,” said the Calgary public high school teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
EXCLUSIVE: California parents rallied Saturday morning in defense of a San Marcos High School teacher who appeared on videos slamming students whose parents want to reopen in-person learning beginning last fall. Meanwhile, critics of the same teacher have blasted the school principal Adam Dawson as “Do Nothing Dawson” after they said they reported the teacher’s behavior weeks ago and haven’t seen any action taken until the video went viral after Fox News obtained the video.
On Thursday, the Alabama state legislature passed a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools from allowing biological males to participate in girls sports. The legislation states that “no public K-12 school may participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events at which athletes are allowed to participate in competition against athletes who are of a different biological gender, unless the event specifically includes both biological genders.” The Alabama Senate is controlled by Republicans and it voted 25-5 in favor of the bill. The Associated Press reported that the House approved the minor alterations the Senate made to the measure in a 76-13 vote. “I believe that this bill is important, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, to protect the integrity of women’s athletics,” Republican Sen. Garlan Gudger of Cullman said during the debate, per the outlet. “I think it is an unfair [sic] for biological males to compete and beat females in high school sports. There are biological advantages that men possess just naturally because of genetics,” Gudger said.
I am a teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan. Ten years ago, I changed careers when I discovered how rewarding it is to help young people explore the truth and beauty of mathematics. I love my work. As a teacher, my first obligation is to my students. But right now, my school is asking me to embrace “antiracism” training and pedagogy that I believe is deeply harmful to them and to any person who seeks to nurture the virtues of curiosity, empathy and understanding. “Antiracist” training sounds righteous, but it is the opposite of truth in advertising. It requires teachers like myself to treat students differently on the basis of race. Furthermore, in order to maintain a united front for our students, teachers at Grace are directed to confine our doubts about this pedagogical framework to conversations with an in-house “Office of Community Engagement” for whom every significant objection leads to a foregone conclusion. Any doubting students are likewise “challenged” to reframe their views to conform to this orthodoxy.
Two Texas school board members were indicted on charges that they violated the Open Meetings Act as they discussed a racial agenda that was widely opposed by their constituents. Carroll Independent School District (CISD) president Michelle Moore and vice president Todd Carlton were indicted by a grand jury for texts involving the school district’s “Cultural Competence Action Plan,” The Texan reported. The board is required to meet in public, but the texts allegedly involved enough school board members that it may have amounted to a secret, unofficial meeting under the law. In December, a judge separately instituted a restraining order prohibiting the school officials from moving forward with work related to a District Diversity Council, which in August issued a 34-page plan that included a proposal for racial training in schools that would cost $425,000 the first year, including $35,000 for speakers. The cultural competence plan called for hiring “a Director of Equity and Inclusion” and “embed[ding] diversity and inclusion training for students as an ‘enrollment to graduation’ process in all grades.”