From an early age, students in elementary classrooms across Ontario learn about the importance of respect, inclusion, and diversity. But schools lack the staff training and resources to support them. We need to make sure the books our kids read, the tools they have at their disposal and the educators who teach them reflect the diversity of the experiences and backgrounds we are so proud of in Ontario.
Ontario has adopted an Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, providing an important policy framework for equity. But, more needs to be done to ensure that equity is realized in the classroom and out. Educators need materials that reflect the diversity of their classrooms and school communities. And, let’s not forget training. Teachers and other education workers also need training that improves their ability to address racism, islamophobia, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism — elements that affect our schools and permeate our society.