Toronto’s Africentric school is open for everyone, not just black students. This is not racial segregation. Everyone needs an Africentric education.
The Africentric grade school will seek to hire a number of black teachers and use a more global, less Europe-focused curriculum to engage more students of colour. It will be open to children of all backgrounds from anywhere in the city.
Currently, our public grade schools are Eurocentric in focus, and children of all colours are led to believe that science, history, and technology starts and ends with Europe and European colonies. Eurocentric schools are not white-only schools. If you grew up in Canada, you had a Eurocentric education, not matter what colour you are.
If you believe that Africentrism is biased, you should also believe that Eurocentrism is biased. If you believe that Africentric education is biased and Eurocentric education is neutral, it means that your worldview is Eurocentric.
Unfortunately, too many Canadians fail to distinguish between “Africentric” and “black only”, and even some CBC news reporters think “Africentric” is interchangeable with “black-focused”. This creates mass confusion among the general public, and instead of quality debate, the general Canadian public reveals the extent of its miseducation.
Gasman (53 people recommended this comment):
Wasn’t racial segregation deemed illegal in Canada? […]
swamprat (52 people recommended this comment):
Martin Luther King Jr. just rolled over in his grave.
CrystalP (35 people recommended this comment):
Why are there such double standards when it comes to “minorities”? If this were a push for an all white school there is no way that this would be approved.
I am proud that Canada is such a diverse country, I am all for promotion of equality and acceptance of different race/religion etc. but I’m white and I’m beginning to feel like I would have a better chance for success in this country if I wasn’t.
ntcMEAsh (22 people recommended this comment):
I really think we are taking a step backwards here…. Imagine the uproar if we re-introduce white only schools…. people would freak out.
RocWells (13 people recommended this comment):
[…] its wrong to seperate, shame on Toronto and whats really disturbing is that its young kids that are being seperated, what kind of lessons are we teaching them? […]
Davebo (11 people recommended this comment):
Why is Toronto promoting Apartheid?
Shouldn’t this so called school be illegal? How can this stand? What does parliament think of Canada becoming the new South Africa?
GaretS (10 people recommended this comment):
I bet nobody would back a white only school…
Puissance (9 people recommended this comment):
Is this a joke? Racial segregation? Who would vote for something like that? Children need to grow up in a multicultural environment.
JaniceRobinson (9 people recommended this comment):
[…] Black people, who have also experienced segregation/isolation in the past….now want to re-experience it?? […]
Jimbo5 (9 people recommended this comment):
Well let me get this straight …my TAX dollars are being used to fund a all black school. […]
Unfortunately, the CBC site does not allow one to downvote comments.
The majority of commenters are arguing against a straw man. Thus, the discussion is unhelpful, and it makes the Canadian public look uneducated.
Here is a bonus stupid comment:
jblack (3 people recommended this comment):
I taught my children to be “color blind” when it comes to a person’s skin color…
Canadians shoudl all be “color blind” and then Canada will work well.