Somali parents rip TDSB recommendations: ‘We don’t need more labelling’

bigotry of lowered expectations?


Special help being proposed to help students of Somali background succeed in school — scholarships, mentors, more focus on Somalia in the curriculum — will actually stigmatize these students and create a more fractured school system, say a group of Somali parents opposed to the recommendations.

Some 30 Somali-Canadian parents marched in front of the Toronto District School board office Tuesday to protest recommendations from a board task force on how to address the struggles faced by some Somali students — from higher dropout rates to more expulsions.

“Our children are born and raised in Canada; we don’t need a special brand of education,” said Suban Abdullahi, three of whose children are at university.

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