“I’ve chaired expulsion and SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning) hearings, and have seen long rap sheets of suspensions, expulsions, missed school days, and poor grades over a lengthy period of time before their case was brought before a Trustee. What if we had a system in place that focused more on physical and mental well-being, and less on grades or discipline or inclusion at all costs? Let’s keep kids in school at their best, AND during their hardest of struggles, and give them the tools to engage in alternatives on their own accord rather than waiting for the hierarchical processes of failed inclusion to throw them an olive branch. That’s when we show them that we truly care and that they matter so much more than rankings on some institutional list, or proving the success of our political ideologies. That’s when we say to them it isn’t about the delivery, but that they want to engage in learning.” Larry Pattison, former HWDSB Trustee and Protector at INSE.
“School was soooooooo much better before anxiety, depression, and finding x squared by the power of 9. I wish we could go back to when we were learning ABC’s and making paper chains.”
See you in 2020! We hope you will continue to join us on our journey as we grow Social Education. Sincerely, Larry PattisonProtector, Social Education (See larger version of the featured image)
A dear friend whom we lost this year, was one who delegated at city hall, was a huge booster for the project in general, and he could be found commenting on almost every conversation on line discussing the pro’s, providing the real facts, in an effort to tirelessly do his part to help our city see this project through. If he wouldn’t have been taken from us so suddenly, he’d be back at it again this past week in fiery but professional rebuke of opposition. This is just one example of the time that cannot have been for not because this passion for our city I am quite sure was a factor in his early demise. He cared too much and could not rest until he knew the projects near and dear to him, were safely on their passage through the home stretch.
At some point, the articles of impeachment will face trial in the Senate. All indications with the way the Senate is represented, are that Trump will not be removed from office and impeachment will once again be nothing more than a couple of post-nominal letters next to his name like PhD, CCC, LLM, ImP.
OPINION: Politics vs. Unions (A pdf version of this opinion piece can also be found here) By Larry Pattison, former HWDSB Trustee and Protector at INSE RE: Recent Labour Negotiations Between the Province and OSSTF December 16, 2019 – Although I have never personally been represented by a union, I have seen more than a […]
Teach. Grow. Fly. Alternative Education for those lost within existing educational structures Concept drawings for the former Scott Park Secondary School. Preface Some of these thoughts below were born out of my early engagements with the Parkview Secondary School family back in 2013. Otherwise, visions for educational and architectural rebirth have mostly lived in the […]
Delta Secondary School (Collegiate) Disposition of Sale Update1284 Main St E, Hamilton, ON Date of Update: December 5th 2019 Please see the below links for documents related to the public meeting I attended last evening regarding the process to sell Delta and status of it’s sale. PSA – www.socialeducation.ca/ PSA – Public meeting regarding sale […]
While still a Trustee, I started a project to help me create a business plan for a school I started to envision as I learned more and more about the former Parkview Secondary School that lived on Balsam Ave., and as I gradually came to terms with the fact that there would never be a […]
I was notified the other day that there will be a public meeting on the future of Delta Secondary School on Wednesday December 4th at 6:00pm (next week). It will take place at A.M Cunningham Elementary School which is a block south of Delta at 100 Wexford Ave S. Here is the flyer on the […]