This year, people have been having a number of very frank discussions related to racism. Over the course of the summer I also noticed dialogue surrounding education and its intersection with race. Articles such as this one left me applauding the students, parents and educators who have taken a stand.

Today, I’m honoured to share a discussion I had earlier this summer with scholar and educator, Dr. Joseph Smith.

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Specializing in history and the social sciences, Dr. Smith first joined the Toronto District School board as a teacher in 2014. In the fall of 2018, he obtained his first contract, and is currently a permanent teacher on recall status. As a Black educator, he possesses great insight regarding some of the issues which are faced by both Black educational professionals and students. …


Claire Francis

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