November 29, 2007 @ 09:43
Here's a fine example of how to get your way in Canada 2007. A Toronto District School Board meeting had to be shut down last night because a few people in attendance didn't like the agenda.
The proposal for an Africentric school was never meant to be part of last night's agenda but that didn't matter to a group that wanted it to be.
Apparently the paper work wasn't completed for a discussion to take place so this regressive proposal which will take us back to the days of segregation didn't make it to the table and this created quite a stir.
There was yelling and screaming and "rapping" with obscenities in it. One woman screamed "it is our children who are dying in these schools" another bellowed "why don't you want our children to be educated" and a few others occupied the seats of trustees.
After attempting to bring the meeting to some semblance of order board chair Sheila Ward was forced to shut everything down.
Isn't that wonderful?
It seems that Africentric schools are no longer a proposal or a privilege or an interesting concept, it's become a right that will be promoted through unruliness and overly dramatic rhetoric.
I read accounts of what happened in the newspapers this morning, and then I heard the audio on radio reports and it sounded ridiculous - and it begs this question - if this is the behaviour that comes with the issue simply not being on the agenda, what will happen if the schools don't happen?
According to the board Africentric schools were never meant to be part of the agenda last night and they have no idea how some people thought they were and they apologized vehemently for the misunderstanding.
But that wasn't enough and it created a reaction that leaves you wondering why there isn't the same passion put into parenting and being accountable for the behaviour of your children.
And of course the night ended with a typically Canadian response. The Toronto District School Board caved in and vowed a "special" meeting will now be held on the issue in January.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.