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EDITORIAL: Professional standards matter in school




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It’s a positive sign that Ontario’s Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, is now calling for a review after the scandal surrounding an Oakville High School teacher who wears prosthetic breasts that is too large in class has spread.

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The bizarre scene – discussed on news networks and talk shows around the world – was first captured by students at Oakville Trafalgar High School and posted on social media.

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A teacher wearing large prosthetics is seen walking around the classroom guiding instructions with an electric saw in the store classroom, where clothes hang dangerously close to the machine.

The whole situation is not appropriate. Everyone can see that. It’s easy as day.

However, the school and the school board seemed unable or unwilling to deal with the problem. The teacher should be asked to give a more professional presentation or put him on vacation.

Recruitment lawyers asserted that such an option was indeed available. Instead, management’s response has been to label it an employee issue and make it a gender-rights issue, also identifying a teacher as transgender.

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But Minister Lecce revealed Friday that Teachers College of Ontario has been asked to review its professional standards.

“In this district, in our schools, we celebrate our differences and also believe that there must be the highest standards of professionalism in front of our children,” Lecce said Friday.

“On that basis, I have asked the Ontario Teachers College to review those provisions and consider strengthening them with respect to professional conduct, which we believe will be in the best interests of all children in Ontario.”

Not kidding. The goal should be to create an education system that serves the interests of children. But sometimes we lose sight of it.

What just happened was not conducive to a professional learning environment. It was clearly a distraction. Such as Sun Apparently, the students were staying away from class because of the uncomfortable situation.

This situation was extreme and hopefully one-off. But it can still serve as a lesson for school administrators about what not to do.

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