Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hey, TDSB--Where's Your "Jewish Heritage Month" Celebration?

As you may or may not know, May has been officially declared Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario.

Since the Toronto District School Board is delighted to celebrate Islamic History Month--
As we learn more about the history and achievements of the diverse peoples who live in our country and in our world, we take this opportunity to become more informed about aspects of Islamic cultures in order to address stereotypes related to Islamophobia.
--and International Roma Day
Forty secondary school students of Roma heritage will participate in this important event focusing on overcoming the challenges they and their parents face while attempting to adapt to our school system.
I was sure there would be some mention of Ontario's very first Jewish Heritage Month, and some event that would address stereotypes related to Judeophobia/Zionhass (many of which are perpetrated, go figure, by the targets of "Islamophobia"), on the TDSB site. But so far there's nada.

Maybe it's too early (since May is still two days away), or maybe the board thinks it can ignore the month since it just "marked Yom Hashoah," a day of Holocaust remembrance which reminds us that
Everyday is a day in which we should commit ourselves to education about the impacts of hate, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and ableism — not just in history, but in present day.
What, no global climate change?

That one "everyday is a day" line ("everyday" should be two words--every day--no?) tells you pretty much all you need to know about our kooky, indoctrination-minded, mosqueteria-sanctioning school board.

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