It was just three weeks ago that the voters of Ontario overwhelmingly rejected segregated schools but here we are with the issue on the table again.
I could hardly believe it this morning when I woke up to the story of the Toronto school board considering "Africentric" schools again.
I wonder how John Tory feels this morning. His proposal for funding religious schools in Toronto caused him a humiliating defeat in the provincial election and he was pounded nowhere more than in the city of Toronto.
But today we find out that some whacked out Toronto school trustees are bending to the demands of some in the black community who think they're kids are failing in class because they don't learn enough about African culture and that's why drop out rates are so high.
The world is going crazy.
Donna Harrow is a community worker and she's in cahoots with parent Angela Wilson, they'd like to see an "African-centred alternative school" from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 that would have more black teachers, black mentors, more focus on students' heritage and more parent involvement.
"For us, it's important to try something else," said Harrow. "Many parents from the Islands or from Africa, they've actually gone through an Africentric way of teaching" back home which includes using mentors from the community.
"It's building up students' self-esteem by showing them that there are other black people in the neighbourhood who are successful, who are doing well and who will care for them in a supportive manner."
In other words, as the system sits nobody cares about black kids. Black kids are failing because of the system, because of the teachers and because of the curriculum.
And the accusations go further than that. George Dei is a sociology professor and he's convinced our schools are failing black kids.
"Black students tell us that teachers often give up on them so easily; they don't treat them as serious students," said Dei.
Can you believe it? How's that for a cop out.
Once again it's everybody else's fault and it looks like the city is about to buckle under and give-in to another minority group. Further meetings are planned to discuss the issue.
There's only one thing about this issue that makes any sense and it's admission that more parent involvement is needed. That's really the only adjustment that needs to be made when it comes to the education of black kids or any kid for that matter. Parents have to take on more responsibility and stop looking for someone else to blame.
Schools for black kids represent segregation and segregation has no place in Canada.
Look at it this way. In Brampton there are lots of classrooms with only one or two white kids in rooms filled with East Indians.
Can you imagine if the parents of those white kids demanded their own schools? Can you imagine how fast the shit would hit the fan?
How are schools for black kids any different?