Missing the big picture on schools
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