Miss­ing the big pic­ture on schools

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: We should all be an­gry at school clo­sures (July 10)

In­deed we should. We should be an­gry at a pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment that sim­ply stands back and lets lo­cal fam­i­lies wres­tle with a prob­lem that is not of their mak­ing. Suc­ces­sive govern­ments that have in­sisted on fund­ing two par­al­lel school sys­tems, fre­quently re­sult­ing in an over­sup­ply of stu­dent spa­ces in gen­eral in many re­gions, must as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity. The re­cent pub­lic school clo­sure de­ba­cle in Burling­ton has caused a great deal of angst and up­heaval among pub­lic school fam­i­lies while Catholic school fam­i­lies have had noth­ing to worry about. It could eas­ily be the other way round.

For a gov­ern­ment to per­mit the up­grad­ing of a school such as Robert Bate­man in Burling­ton, without an­tic­i­pat­ing a pos­si­ble school clo­sure in the fairly near fu­ture, is ir­re­spon­si­ble and dis­re­spect­ful to the fam­i­lies in­volved.

The On­tario cur­ricu­lum places great em­pha­sis on get­ting the big pic­ture. Without lead­er­ship and mod­el­ling of the con­cept on the part of those in po­si­tions of high author­ity, it is un­re­al­is­tic to ex­pect stu­dents to be able to en­vi­sion it. He­len Dono­hoe, Burling­ton

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