I first learned about Valley Park Middle School via Tarek Fatah at Facebook. Tarek Fatah is a great fella. He posted pictures of himself at the Gay Pride march the other day – in his wheelchair, beaming, in front of a decorative crowd of marchers.
So what is a Toronto public school doing providing a prayer service in the cafeteria? Where
girls are placed in the back, behind the boys, separated by benches used as shields.
And menstruating girls are segregated, off in their own little group, like this paragraph.
Sitting all the way at the back, yards from the other girls and more yards from the all-conquering boys. Separated out because they’re so dirty and filthy. Ewwwwww endometrium. Ewwwwwwwwww it might come off on me. Ewwwwwwwwww pollution.
Robyn Urback asks a salient question.
How is it that the TDSB can call for instruction on sexism and gender inequality in its Social Studies classes, yet look the other way when girls are facing active discrimination within its walls?
Allow me to answer that question: it can’t.