Thursday, February 28, 2008

Black schools big error: Matlow

Toronto District School Board trustees remain divided about whether the decision to open an Africentric school next year is the right one to boost the academic performance of black students.

St. Paul’s trustee Josh Matlow, who voted against the opening and is adamantly opposed to it, says the board has made a “serious error in judgment”.

“I don’t believe — with most members of the community — that dividing children by the colour of their skin is justified, even with the best of intentions,” he said a day after the board’s decision. “It makes an assumption that every black resident of our city believes learning through an Africentric lens will ensure their kids don’t drop out of school.”

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