The Ontario school system is giving students a poor lesson in how to deal with conflicts. The clashes between some Ontario administrators and board more resembles a school yard fight than professionals focused on education. That has to stop.
Tension between educators trained to teach kids and citizens representing the community on school boards isn’t unusual. When handled well, such tension produces the best results for kids, for employees and for the community. School employees need to be questioned and challenged about policies. Board members need to recognize these employees typically have years of training beyond what they have.
In Ontario, the back-and-forth over months has sapped energy all around. Personality clashes have been disguised as legitimate debate over school policy. But the string of complaints and allegations, the barbed public comments both ways, and the body language show otherwise . . .