“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.”
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 […]
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 […]
Please click on the image below to open up the full PSA before reading the article that follows. This attached document also highlights the guidelines for sharing this article on social media, and within your paper or your online publication. Schools to Condos: Should Delta Secondary Be ‘Saved’? by Larry Pattison(Words 1,628)November 4, 2019 UPDATE: We […]