Teacher Appreciation, Yeah Right
Given all that has transpired this year with public school teachers in Ontario refusing to do extra-curriculars and staging protests, this next story is sure to anger some.
Birch Cliff public elementary school on Kingston Road in Toronto's east end is holding its annual Teacher Appreciation Week. In fact, it's this week. Parents of the kids are being asked to contribute a food dish so the entire school staff can enjoy a special meal on Thursday. Failing a food dish, parents could show their appreciation by donating a $5 Tim Horton's gift card. 360 students. $5 a head. $18-hundred. 42 staffers, that's more than $40 per employee at the school, as if they needed it.
That the school is even thinking about this with so many teachers refusing to do any more than the bare minimum is no time to be showing our appreciation. If anything it's time to show our disdain for their refusal to get back to supervising extra-curriculars.
In fact, it's time parents started leaning on the Toronto District School Board. This board has basically sat on its hands through all of this, while other boards in Ontario try to right the wrongs. Two boards have already gone before the Labour Relations Board trying to get the extra-curriculars boycott crushed. More boards are expected to file similar complaints this week and so far, not a peep out of the TDSB.
What the teachers are doing is clearly not in the interests of their students and the TDSB is complicit with its silence.