We’re in de­nial about school vi­o­lence

RE: Vi­o­lence in schools

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

A teacher from the Durham Board re­cently ap­peared in a news seg­ment on a ma­jor TV net­work to dis­cuss vi­o­lent be­hav­iour by chil­dren in schools, vi­o­lence she has ex­pe­ri­enced per­son­ally, vi­o­lence she has heard col­leagues re­port, vi­o­lence that is not un­com­mon in schools across the prov­ince. The odd thing about the in­ter­view: She ap­peared in sil­hou­ette, with her voice dis­guised, as though she were an in­for­mant on or­ga­nized crime or ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties. If this doesn’t il­lus­trate the cli­mate of fear that ex­ists in ed­u­ca­tion, noth­ing does. Min­istry and board of­fi­cials con­tinue to of­fer moth­er­hood state­ments about school cli­mate, safety and in­clu­sion. In the mean­time, teach­ers are afraid to dis­cuss the re­al­i­ties of ed­u­ca­tion to­day out of fear of reprisal. Deeply dis­turb­ing! Ken Durkacz, Hamil­ton

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