A group that calls itself Educators for Peace and Justice is presenting a conference titled "The Sanctuary Schools Forum" which claims, "Our schools, and especially our students and their parents, are increasingly under attack. "
Teachers that attempt to provide a good education aren't being attacked. But the ones that seek to push a biased, politicized viewpoint on young children are upset at being exposed and criticized.
"Neoliberalism describes a market-driven approach to economic and social policy based on neoclassical theories of economics that stresses the efficiency of private enterprise, liberalized trade and relatively open markets, and therefore seeks to maximize the role of the private sector in determining the political and economic priorities of the state."Neoliberalism is most vociferously opposed by socialists and Marxists (and of course, Naomi Klein).
Is it the role of educators to push an anti-Capitalist agenda in the classroom, particularly at the elementary and secondary school level? Do most Canadian parents want their children to be brainwashed against capitalism in school?
Jim Wilson is The Progressive Conservative Critic for Colleges and Universities in Ontario. Let him know what you think.
UPDATE: It also appears that the Elementary Teachers of Toronto are holding another conference on the same day and time called "Teacher Activism: A Time for Action" What sort of activism do we want our grade school children exposed to exactly!?!