Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Controversy

Blog 365 – Post 30/365


Oh yeah…this post is sure to ruffle a few feathers.

The Toronto District School Board has approved a “black focused school”. The story is here.

Now for my opinion…

Martin Luther King would ROLL in his grave. He, and many others like him, struggled and fought for black unity. They stood up for what they believed in and in doing so, achieved great, great things for black people. And now, the people who are calling for this school are doing exactly what Martin Luther King, et al fought to stop! This school will be a school for black children to attend…oh yes, white children are “welcome to attend” as well, but the focus of this school will be for black kids. Apparently, this school will teach students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 and will have more black teachers and mentors. It will also focus on students’ heritage and more parent involvement.

Why does a school need to teach children about their heritage? Why don’t Chinese/British/Pakistani/insert your own heritage here kids need special focused schools? Why are we blaming the public school board for black kids’ poor grades and violence? (FYI: it is not MY opinion that they have poor grades and are violent, this is the reason stated in many of the articles I have read on the school)

This is not a black/white issue. This is a parenting issue. It is the vicious cycle of welfare children growing up and raising more welfare children. White AND black. Many of the black children who will attend this school were born in Canada, as were their parents. Yes, heritage is important…I was born in England and Joe’s parents were born in Italy. We will teach our boys about their heritage. I want to know what is different about the black heritage that needs to be taught in a separate, SEGREGATED school. I think it is more important to teach white children about the oppression that was placed on black people so that we never go there again!

Can someone please explain to me what is different about black childrens’ need to learn about their heritage as compared to white/other races? In school, my kids are learning about the Underground Railroad and they celebrate National Black History Month. They do not learn about other heritages in as much detail. So, again, I ask, what will teaching black kids about their heritage do to lessen the violence and poor grades?

I get the idea of having more black teachers and mentors, but that should be the way it is in ALL schools, not just a black focused one.

I think this is a HORRIBLE idea. We are going back to a place in history that I was glad not to be a part of.

Stepping down from my soap box now.

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