TORONTO, Ont. – The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is looking to hire more male and minority teachers, according to the Globe and Mail.
A memo sent to staff and obtained by the newspaper said that interviews will also be granted to teachers with French and music qualifications, and those who are aboriginal.
“The first round of TDSB interviews will be granted to teacher candidates that meet one or more of the following criteria in addition to being an outstanding teacher,” the memo said.
TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird told the newspaper that there is a provincewide need for teachers that are male or aboriginal to better represent the local community.
And a lawyer said the policy could even be “non-discriminatory,” and may actually help the board achieve diversity quotes.
The TDSB would not confirm with CityNews that it sent out the memo, but issued the following statement:
“Through our employment equity policy, we encourage a number of different groups to apply so that our staff may better represent our school communities, however, it is not to the exclusion of any other groups.”
Chris Spence, the former head of the TDSB, has said that the traditional education system is failing boys and more male role models are needed.
Spence, who was forced to resign after plagiarism allegations, told CityNews that a focus on boys would improve learning and test scores and keep them in school longer.
Two hopeful white female teachers had opposing views of the memo when queried.
“Spending all of this money to go to teacher’s college and not being able to come out with a job is frustrating,” said Megan MacDonald.
Catherine Cummings said she sees “the social justice value in it and if that means I have to be sacrificed, that’s OK, I accept it.”
With files from Francis D’Souza
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