I have a great respect for the environment and delicate balance of our
ecological systems. We must instil in our children an overriding respect
and love of the environment and Mother Earth, before she is irreversibly
damaged. Our life and our children’s lives and future depend on it. We
all live on very thin layer of the planet which is capable of sustaining
life, and once this is damaged we all have major problems. Our children
must learn that respect for one another, the environment should take
priority over greed and money and power. Not an easy task, but a
necessary one nevertheless. Our way of thinking must change somewhat.
Success and striving to be the best are great, but at what costs. This is
the delicate balance that we as a society need to understand, and instil
in our children.
In the election campaign I have been trying to attend each school in the Ward and meet the local parents and community members. I believe that it is important to go out of my way to meet the people. It is very easy tohave volunteers just put up signs on lawns and send out propaganda, but it actually takes energy to go to schools and meet the parents.
If I am elected trustee I will attend at all the schools in the Ward and view first hand the state of the school and have regular meetings with parents and community members to discuss issues of concern to them. It is their tax dollars that are being spent and they have a right to know, and be involved in that decision making process. To me, their input is, and will always be welcome.
It is important that we ensure that every child in the Toronto District School System has had a filling and nutritious meal. Studies have shown that proper nutrition and diet increase achievement levels. If I am elected trustee I will do my best to ensure that all children in the system, in general, and Ward 5 in particular have had at least one nutritious meal every day.
In addition, physical fitness, movement and meditation or relaxation are likewise also important in the proper development of our children and increase their ability to achieve at their potential.
I believe in providing safe schools and ensuring that there are no bully’s
or idiots with guns and knives. Our children have a right to learn in a
safe, clean, friendly and respectful environment. I have no tolerance for
violence or bully’s. If children and students want don’t want to learn,
and want to show off how cool they are by hurting others then they have no
business being in our school system. The schools are for learning,
friendship, enjoyment, and must be kept safe.
Currently there has been a lot of press about the past abuses at the
Toronto District School Board (TDSB). If I am elected I will be the
“eyes” and “ears” of the community and will do my best to ensure that this
does not happen. There have been reports of $500 toilet seat
installations, green bins for $644, a pencil sharpener for $143. a cookie
for $28., trips to Whistler, BC and California, for $108,000. This is
totally unacceptable to me, as it should be to other parents and taxpayers
in the community. You work hard for your money, the current trustees
ought not to spend it so negligently and flippantly.
Seems as they are ready for the elections at tornotoist.com
HELLO,… MY NAME IS STEPHEN KAZMAN AND I AM RUNNING FOR TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE…. FOR WARD 5
JUST TO TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF, I WAS BORN IN THE CITY OF TORONTO AS WERE MY PARENTS. I AM A PRODUCT OF THE TORONTO SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, I ATTENDED SCHOOL IN WARD 5, FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 13. (as they had back then)
CURRENTLY, MY CHILDREN ARE STUDENTS OF THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD.
I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES OVER THE YEARS. SOME FOR GOOD…. AND OTHERS NOT SO.
I BELIEVE IN THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING CHILDREN HOW TO READ, WRITE, AND DO MATH WITHOUT THE USE OF CALCULATORS AND COMPUTERS
IN ORDER TO BUILD A SOLID HOUSE YOU NEED A FIRM FOUNDATION….. THE BASICS OF READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC PROVIDE THIS FIRM FOUNDATION… LEARNING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT CITY AND COUNTRY ARE LIKEWISE IMPORTANT, AS IS ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RESPONSIBILITY
I AM ALSO A FIRM BELIEVER IN BEING PROGRESSIVE WITH AN “EYE ON THE FUTURE” AND REALIZE THE NEED IN THIS DAY AND AGE OF THE “GLOBAL VILLAGE” TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDRENS’ COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS ARE SECOND TO NONE
I AM A SUPPORTER OF SMALLER CLASSES…. WITH MORE -ONE ON ONE -TEACHING.
CHILDREN ALSO NEED TO LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL FITNESS, PROPER DIET AND NUTRITION, AND MAKING HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES, SO THEY CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES, BECOME POSITIVE AND ACHIEVE, AT THEIR POTENTIAL.
I THINK IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE FUNDS THAT ARE ALLOCATED TO THE TORONTO SCHOOL BOARD BE PROPERLY AND INTELLIGENTLY APPLIED WHERE THEY WILL PRODUCE THE OPTIMUM RESULT.
PROBLEMS IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND WITH PEOPLE IN GENERAL, ARE NOT SOLVED BY JUST THROWING MORE MONEY AT THE PROBLEM…. BUT RATHER BY AN INTELLIGENT AND PROGRESSIVE USE OF THE AVAILABLE FUNDS.
I WANT TO ENSURE THAT OUR TEACHERS ARE PROPERLY QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE THE BEST EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE TO OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE, TO WHOM WE ARE ENTRUSTING THEM…..OUR CHILDREN
THE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE NEEDS TO PROVIDE A WARM AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT, WHERE AMONG OTHER THINGS, OUR CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO RESPECT ONE ANOTHER, THEMSELVES, THEIR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN MUST ALSO BE PROVIDED THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND CURRICULUM IN ORDER TO GAIN THE SELF CONFIDENCE AND RESPECT THEY NEED TO DEVELOP.
I ALSO SUPPORT THE FURTHERING OF CULTURAL AWARENESS AND TOLERANCE IN OUR SCHOOLS AS I KNOW THAT KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING WILL OVERCOME IGNORANCE.
IF I AM ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE, I WILL RETURN BACK AT LEAST ONE-HALF OF THE ANNUAL SALARY OF $25,000 TO EITHER THE SCHOOL BOARD, OR CHARITIES DEALING WITH CHILDRENS’ ISSUES.
I PROMISE TO ALWAYS MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH YOUR PROBLEMS. AND IF ELECTED, I WILL ALWAYS DO MY BEST TO ANSWER YOUR INQUIRIES QUICKLY, WITH A VIEW TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES.
I WANT TO BECOME A TRUSTEE TO HELP, IT IS NOT FOR THE SALARY, OR POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS, IT IS TO DO WHAT I BELIEVE IN MY HEART IS CORRECT.
I WANT TO HELP OUR CHILDREN BECOME THE BEST THEY CAN BE IN THIS EVER INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE AND DIFFICULT WORLD WE LIVE IN.
Check my Video on Our Current Toronto Schools Safety…Click Here
Toronto trustees and senior staff interfered and tampered with documents related to trustee expenses requested by the Toronto Star, say emails sent by the board’s own freedom of information officer.
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