Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Diversity? Inclusivity? Forgotten: Students protest proposed closure of Greenwood Secondary School

More than 100 Greenwood Secondary School students walked out during class, filed to the front lawn of the school and held hands, forming a human chain and chanting.

“Don’t move Greenwood, don’t move Greenwood,” they yelled in unison, their chants ringing out over the cold winds blowing on the morning of Friday, April 8.

They were protesting a recommendation to close their school at 24 Mountjoy Ave. and relocate its program to nearby Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute at 800 Greenwood Ave. The recommendation is the result of a government-mandated pupil accommodation review committee (PARC) process to close a school building in the Toronto-Danforth area to address low enrollment and share resources more effectively.

The Greenwood students came prepared. Along with several chants, they had several signs imploring the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to keep their current building.

Students Tolin Abuaziza and Zahra Afshar organized the protest.

“We need to keep Greenwood here, because it’s a special school for newcomers,” said Tolin, fresh off leading chants by megaphone and clad in a hand-designed shirt reading stand firm for our right.  (more...)

There seems to be no lack of resources for the deluded pawns of perverse social engineers. Why not give the new kids a break? Afraid they might breed?

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