Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/3/2010 (2664 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Sometimes the stories are so bizarre that I couldn’t make up this stuff.
Winnipeg School Division treats personnel issues as top secret stuff. OK, we all knew that.
Then Tuesday, through trustee Mike Babinsky, I learned that the packages of news clippings that trustees receive before every regular meeting, the most recent packages, contained nary a syllable from the WFP about the scandal surrounding the two suspended teachers who performed a lap dance with simulated oral sex during a school spirit event in the Churchill High gym three weeks ago.
And further learned, after contacting WSD headquarters at Notre Dame and Wall, that the official secrets rules extend to the senior administration’s not providing trustees with clippings of newspaper stories about secret personnel matters.
Those trustees, of course, being nominally in charge of the $329-million-a-year school division, and nominally the bosses of the people deciding not to share publicly available information with their bosses about secret stuff...
The administration, we’re told by sources who get to go behind closed doors and whose identity WSD could never guess in a million years, has not officially told trustees the names of the two suspended teachers.
One supposes that staff could have taken a black marker and crossed out the names of the two teachers before photocopying the clippings, if no civil servant wished to be in violation of the secrecy policy.
The mind just boggles.
Meanwhile, I’ve been receiving heaps of negative reaction to my stories about the U of M engineering students’ Red Loin publication, and to my package of stories about public funding of private schools, universities and colleges. It had been a really long time since anyone had called me a communist...
And moving right along...
I see by my latest issue of Showcase that Prof. Davide Panagia of Trent University, a Canada Research Chair in cultural studies, is now the co-editor of Theory & Event, which the school describes as the world’s premier journal of cultural and political theory, and which will now be based out of the school.
Panagia is one of the six smartest Winnipegers at Trent University in Peterborough. He lived down the back lane from us when he was earning a Rhodes Scholarship at St. Paul’s High School.
Yes, Jim, your lad is one of those five and among the three from Grant Park High, the other two are chancellor Tom Jackson and child the younger’s long-time bud who went to Kelvin. If I’m missing anyone, let me know.
Losing my interest in that topic, I switch to...
I was giving my pre-game instructions this past weekend, asked the soccer players if everyone intends to behave in an appropriate manner, and instead of saying yes, which is the required answer, and which I tell the players requires unanimity and not just consensus, one 11-year-old boy says, "I thought that was only in school?"
Coach and I reply almost in unison, that I have more authority than a teacher.
And it’s probably true... if the kid doesn’t like my calls, his parents can’t make the principal’s life miserable and can’t phone the school trustees to complain. And if the parents call the education reporter at the Free Press to complain...
I got an email this morning from Mattel, telling me that someone is standing by to be interviewed about why Barbie inspires Canadian girls to be whatever they want to be... seriously...