The cover of the recent issue of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) publication—Professionally Speaking, portrays educators as predators.
Everyone who works in education should be outraged at the insinuation of the OCT, which disparages our members. OSSTF/FEESO believes in upholding professional standards at all times and in accordance with all legislation governing the profession. But the OCT’s depiction on the cover of its recent issue of Professionally Speaking is anything but professional, all the more so when educators are the glue holding an under-resourced system together in the midst of a global health crisis.
Instead of acting on behalf of the interests of all in education, OCT has chosen to single out teachers as sexual predators. The cover image is not only misleading, it is potentially triggering for victims of abuse. This is unacceptable especially when they could have chosen to depict one of the millions of positive interactions that occur in Ontario’s publicly-funded education system on a daily basis.
OSSTF/FEESO is monitoring the situation and further communication will be shared in the near future.