(Writer: Felix Ferlicchia, Editor: Wudi Fan)
Just a couple of months ago, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario came up with the idea to remove the name Sir John A. Macdonald from public schools. This is an important issue for me to talk about because I’m going to a high school named after him.
I can’t believe that Ontario teachers want to remove the name Sir John A. Macdonald from schools. This idea makes me angry. I hope the TDSB (Toronto District School Board) is going to decline. My school shouldn’t need to change the name it had for more than fifty years. We are identified by the great name of our school.
In my opinion, this is just another idea that will bring only negative outcomes. Changing the name doesn’t do anything substantial. This act simply destroys the schools it affects, morally and financially. Most importantly, to forget about the history of Macdonald’s time is improbable and unnecessary. Schools should teach history in its most truthful form so that everyone is educated about how we were wrong and make better political decisions in the future. With the right influence of parents and education, our children can learn from what Macdonald did wrong and this is what can prevent racism.
The entire idea of removing Macdonald’s name originated because of the Charlottesville attack. In all past years, this idea of removing the name John A. Macdonald from schools was never mentioned until American citizens removed and destroyed Confederate statues and monuments in the south. That is how some parents and teachers in Ontario came up with a similar idea, even though it doesn’t help with anything. It is also worthwhile to note that there wasn’t even an attack here in Canada!
My school (MAC) is a family for me. The teacher union should consider this idea from all perspectives. But if they’re successful with it, this family will go through tough times or even be torn apart. Which heartless person would destroy a family? They really need to think about what they’re going to do. MAC is my family, and that’s what it is and what it represents.