Issues

What are some of the important issues in the world today? What are people talking about?  What are people worried about? What are people angry about? What are people scared about?  Check out our display of books related to current issues. As some might say, get woke, stay woke.

 

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Controversial School Board Policy

In a controversial decision made over the March Break, the Surrey School Board voted to require that all schools must display, alongside the current portrait of our Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, portraits of the following:  US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladmir Putin, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim-Jong-Un and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  All Elementary and Secondary  Schools are required to be in compliance with this order by April 5, 2019.

 

International Women’s Day 2018

 

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe every March 8th. International Women’s Day is a celebration of the contributions of women to society, especially in politics, culture, economics and other areas traditionally closed to women or where the achievements of women were ignored. IWD is also a chance to focus on the continuing battle for gender equality.

The inequality of opportunity for women, and of course outcome, is unacceptable in modern democracies, and worse in other parts of the world. According to the United Nations, “Today, gender inequality is rife: 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime; 830 women die every day from preventable pregnancy-related causes; and only 1 in 4 parliamentarians worldwide are women. It will be 2086 before we close the gender pay gap if present trends continue with no action.” Those are just a fraction of the statistics which demonstrate the continuing need to stand up against inequality.

The struggle for women’s rights is a struggle for human rights. All people, men as well as women, should stand together and demand change.

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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week 2018

It is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.  We take time this week to celebrate some of our fundamental rights and freedoms, including the freedom to read whatever we choose to read. As citizens of a liberal democracy, we require access to information and ideas, free from state interference or censorship. Take some time this week to reflect on your Freedom to Read.

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Freedom to Read Week

Women’s March

Women’s Marches took place this past weekend around the country and around the world. Hundreds of thousands of women joined in solidarity in cities like Vancouver and others around Canada, the United States and across the globe. The Women’s March of 2018 was the first anniversary of the Women’s March that took place last year, with much of the impetus coming from protests against the policies of the new U.S. President.  In the year that followed the news has been dominated by  issues related to the equality and rights of women, making this year’s march as important as ever.

source: CBC
source: CBC

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Banned Books Week

In the United States the American Library Association presents Banned Books Week, September 24 to 30. 

From the ALA: Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.

People in Canada and around the world stand with Americans who are celebrating and standing up for their right to read. As Canadians we can also celebrate our rights, and learn more about what we need to do to protect those rights.

Mohandas Gandhi

source: public domain / wikimedia commons

Mohandas Gandhi was born on in this day in India in 1869. Gandhi led India to independence from the British Empire, primarily through non-violent protest and peaceful resistance. His ideas would inspire future movements from such people as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

For more on the life of Gandhi, click here.

Latin Immersion Comes to Lord Tweedsmuir

Philo_medievThe Surrey School Board is pleased to announce that the District’s first ever Latin Immersion Program is starting this September at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. All incoming Grade 8 students will receive instruction in Latin for all classes.  All Grade 9 students will have Latin instruction in all the core academic classes.  Meanwhile students on the Graduation Program will have Latin instruction in subjects chosen at random. In the cases of Provincially examinable courses, the Provincial Exam will also be written in Latin. When interviewed, Lord Tweedsmuir Principal Buggie was very excited about the plan, exclaiming, “vero nihil verius.” Then he added, “quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur.”