Letters to the editor
Sep 17, 2013 / 2:47 pm
After reading the Castanet "exclusive" article "Belly button issues on 9-11" I asked myself whether this story can even be considered "news?"
Just because one concerned parent expressed concern that on September 11, 2013 an assembly at KSS was held to focus on appropriate dress code, but did not focus on 9-11 does not make it legitimate news. According to the logic of this type of journalism, if one person in the community complains about an issue it is automatically front page news. This article is incendiary, reactionary and sensationalistic, and more worthy of conversational gossip than a news website. "M" is hardly a reliable source for this story. She was not at the actual assembly, and heard everything about the assembly through her daughter.
I can guarantee that if "a concerned parent" or member of the community complained that KSS students were dressed inappropriately, there would be a news story blaming the school for not policing students' dress effectively. Rather than go to the "news" with this topic, perhaps "M" should have expressed here concerns with the school principal so as to spare us another round of school bashing.
Furthermore, if "M" is going to condemn KSS for not holding an assembly to officially commemorate 9-11, shouldn't she/he also petition officials from the government of Canada, and each provincial and city government for not holding an official commemoration as well? If our public institutions are expected to commemorate every historical event that led to the death of 3,000 people, we would be holding a public commemoration every day.
If we want to teach our students about "empathy" shouldn't we focus on something a little more contemporary and relevant to students? The AIDS crisis, the rising gap between rich and poor, the treatment of women in India, or the Syrian crisis and the roughly 100,000 people (or more) who have died so far.
It is becoming an all too frequent occurrence these days that some members of the public attack schools through the media for its perceived failings and offers advice on how they could do their jobs better as if they are experts in the field. I hope that in the future Castanet will think twice before printing this type of scandalous hearsay.
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