School boards and schools exist for the education of children  

di corriere canadese del 3 November 2020

Dear Editor, I'm writing in response to your recent articles about the dysfunctional TCDSB.
The great American economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell in his thoughtful and instructive book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies, makes this important point in the text's conclusion: School boards and schools exist for "the education of children."
Sadly, too much attention and resources go to teachers' unions, board meetings, politicians, administrators and educators that have little or no a.ect on the education of children.
Sowell writes, "Schools do not exist to provide iron-clad jobs for teachers, billions of dollars in union dues for teacher unions, monopolies for educational bureaucracies, a guaranteed market for teachers college degrees or a captive audience for indoctrinators."
Time and money should not be wasted developing educational policies and practices that will have minimal affect on the quality of education children receive.
The author argues that often there is little scrutiny on the part of the public on what institutions like school boards do. In America, for example, not many people know that there are 1 million students waiting to attend charter schools.
Why? Because students enrolled in charter schools achieve higher academic success, than those attending public schools. However, local public board officials make it difficult for schools to be acquired and turned into charter schools.
Parents are generally not informed about how the institutional decisions are made. Nevertheless, the children who could benefit from the charter schools remain on the waiting list. This is educationally regressive, not productive. The point being that the outcome doesn't make the "education of children better."
The issue of educating children brings us to a problem that has been brought the Toronto Catholic District Catholic School Board to its present state of dysfunction. The TCDSB trustees should be focusing on the education of children, and how to best deal with the pandemic.
Instead, regrettably for over a year a number of trustees have been obsessed with bullying a fellow trustee who has tried to defend Catholic education.
The protagonists have listened and empowered an activist teacher and two former students to help them with the dirty work of attacking his character. Enough is enough.
The time has long passed to move on and stop wasting more time and taxpayer money. It's what the majority of parents want. We believe the trustees in question have lost the trust of parents and thus should not be re-elected. Playing politically correct politics hardly defines a Catholic trustee.
As elected school board officials, they have abandoned their fiduciary responsibilities to e.ectively govern the largest Catholic board in the country. The TCDSB needs to quickly return to the important agenda, in the wise words of Sowell, to make the "education of children better."

Lou Iacobelli

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