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Lecture 3

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EDUC 3610
Nick Scarfo

September 12, 2012  Funding is now equalized between public and Catholic schools  The union is advising not to coach extra-curricular activities o Those who really want to teach those activities, though, might be ostracised from the teaching community  The law says that you can no longer bank your sick days, so teachers with 12 years worth of sick days (at least 200 days), have had their sick days stolen o Sick days are also reduced -> 10 days rather than 20 days, plus no carrying over o So now teachers are more willing to take all their sick days  On the one hand, this opens up more doors for supply teachers  But on the other hand, there are a lot of hard feelings about teachers who have lost their sick days  Retirement contuity o Some school boards -> when you retire, you get a retirement bonus (50% of your accumulated sick days) -> all the sick days that you accumulated, you get paid out for half of them  But now that is no longer available  LTD o Long-term disability  No more than 2 years' coverage  Parents, religious groups want to attack the curriculum (GTA, yesterday's newspaper) o Any topics regarding homosexuality, wizardry, any risky issues)  Parents want to be able to withdraw their children from that particular lesson  A delicate balance o Rules, regulations, liabilities, interest, external factors Balancing legal responsibility with ethical responsibility   Education is supposed to be the answer to all social issues o But the issues we deal with today did not exist ten years ago, so it is difficult to prepare for them o Another issue that complicates education is common law and judge-made rules  The results of those set precedents  It defines what is appropriate in our relationship with students  The first case of a teacher being charged for talking about something they shouldn't o It related to evolution -> "Scope's monkey trial"  A science teacher in 1920's; he felt students needed to know about evolution  He was arrested for that -> because he was sanctioned for freedom of speech  Apparently we should not teach evolution, but creationism  Otherwise insulting to others  Sample regulations ( direct and indirect statutory rules) o Indirect (outside of Ministry of Education)  Youth criminal justice code (ministry of community service and correction)  Affects us because officials would have to come into schools to deal with some of these young students  The school would also have to keep the student anonymous according to this law  A student can't be charged up to the age of 12  Criminal code of Canada  Human rights code  It has to do with everyone  Everyone has rights and it affects how invasive a school can be when it comes to searches  Child and family services act  Foster care, special needs, child protection o Direct  Education act  Ontario college of teachers act  Safe schools act  Stakeholder groups (complicate law in schools) o Most are internal o An external stakeholder group that impacts at school  Parents  Politicians (Liberals at the moment)  School board is made up of trustees, ministries  Trustees advocate what go on in schools  School advisory committees  Firefighters and police  If there is an incident in the school, there is a protocol of having to work with these people within the school  For Catholic schools, the priests and members of the church  Neighbours around the school or plaza near the school  People we answer to if our students misbehave on their property  Social issues o Schools are at the forefront Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms   Multani Case  A student who came to school one day with a kirpan (Sikh)  The student was suspended  Conflict between religious beliefs and safety within the school  Chamberlain case  In BC  A teacher brought in books about social issues  But he wasn't allowed to talk about them  Bill 13 - regarding gay-straight alliance in schools  But some schools push against it, saying it goes against their beliefs  Keegstra case
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