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Three Hidden Ways Education
Contributes to Discrimination
Ontario's education product is a global-class education system.
Canadian students succeed on PISA - this program for Worldwide
Student Assessment - and there has been good results in the last
15 years in growing elementary literacy and numeracy, improving
graduation rates, and reducing the amount of low-performing
schools. There is however a negative side somewhere we do not
recognize. Ontario's education system also unwittingly plays a
role in gender and race discrimination.
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One way education unwittingly plays a role in discrimination is
thru the government's funding model for education. Secondary
teachers, vice-principals, and principals are compensated greater
than their elementary counter-parts. This is not since the job
within the secondary product is harder. It is because the concept
of elementary education has in the past been female-dominated
and ladies in the past weren't regarded as "breadwinners." In
April 2015, the federal government of Ontario hired a Steering
Committee to guide the introduction of a wage gap strategy made
to read the problem and potentially close the pay gap between
women and men in education. In the Submission towards the
Steering Committee on Gender Wage Equality, the Ontario
Principals' Council writes:
Women in the past weren't regarded as 'breadwinners.' Rather,
their incomes were regarded as incidental to individuals earned
by men in households where women resided with fathers or
husbands - their incomes were for 'pin money' only. Women
employed in elementary education whatsoever levels (including
school administration) thus had the work they do undervalued
and under compensated, and also the position itself was devalued
too when you are so carefully connected with women's work.
One other way education plays a role in discrimination is as
simple as not hiring senior leadership teams which are gender
balanced and race proportional. You will find presently 31 British
Public school boards serving roughly 1.4 million students in
Ontario. Greater than 10 of those boards have senior leadership
teams made up of more men than women. Another three British
Public school boards have seriously imbalanced leadership teams.
Lambton Kent DSB has 6 men and just 2 women on its senior
leadership team, Waterloo Region DSB has 9 men and just 3
women on its senior leadership team, and Kawartha Pine Ridge
DSB has 7 men and just 2 women on its senior leadership team.
What this means is nearly 42% of British Public school boards
within the province of Ontario are teaching a large number of
students that males are better leaders than women!
Senior leadership teams within the province of Ontario aren't
proportional towards the cultures within their communities,
either. In December 2012, Ranjit Khatkur accused the Peel DSB
of systemic discrimination after she wasn't promoted to become
senior high school principal. Peel settled a persons Legal rights
Complaint. It had been the eighth through the Peel board
previously decade coping with race-based complaints by students
or staff. The situation attracted strong curiosity about Peel, where
about 60% of residents are visible minorities. Because of the
complaint, Peel adopted a 15-page plan of action to produce
constraints that can help ensure a good and inclusive method to
mentor, hire and promote staff, from janitors to principals, supply
teachers to superintendents. Additionally they beginning
monitoring the demographic background of every worker via a
voluntary "diversity census."
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