There are significant moments in life that remain in our minds and hearts forever. For me, the 1986 Challenger disaster was one of these events. I remember sitting on the floor of my elementary school gymnasium along with 400 other students, crowded around a small television set, and the corresponding silence, shock, tears, and cries from students and teachers when the space shuttle exploded soon after launch. I believe the moment when Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd is another of these seminal events. I will never forget watching the verdict, reflecting on the moment in the context of centuries of racism, and subsequently reading the words of Barack and Michelle Obama: “today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing.”
By Kathy Porteous, Guidance & University Counsellor
I logged onto the final meeting of the GTA CAIS counsellors a minute or two late. The first thing I heard was a sharp, collective intake of breath. The first thing I saw was my Zoom screen filled with faces best described as that emoji with all of the straight lines for features. I quickly gathered that the opening question had been, “So folks, how are this year’s university offers coming along?”
Educators are in the midst of a challenging yet exhilarating time. For the past 15 months, we have sought to provide a continuous, flexible teaching and learning environment that prioritizes wellbeing and connection for our boys. It has never been more pressing to partake in what Dr. Michael Reichert calls, “the vitality of the process of inquiry”. To do this, we must examine what external resources are available and explore questions for answers we do not have. These two things together determine the best teaching and learning practices for our students.