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HomeMy WebLinkAboutPlay nice, teachers LETTER - Globe & Mail - 09/18/2017 - Globe & Mail - 09/18/20179/18/2017 Sept. 18: Whoa. Reread the mutual defence clause. Plus other letters to the editor - The Globe and Mail This could not have been done without their accumulated retained earnings. All businesses should be encouraged to accumulate retained earnings to deal with unknown and extenuating circumstances, not be penalized, as is being proposed. This may get the Liberal Party some votes in the short term, but it will materially affect all Canadians negatively in the long run. 1;FOR vCON nNcr::arsr::i...,vv ADVI rzrisr:: u:::rr H.J. Eiiey, chartered accountant (retired), Toronto I applaud the Liberals' courage in taking on the vested interests of the rich and powerful. I am scandalized by the fact that by incorporating themselves, doctors, lawyers and accountants, among others, can split their income with their children and spouses to lower their effective tax rate. So much for the idea of a progressive tax system. The resulting tax savings for individuals in this group can total as much as $3,000 to $5,000 and more a month. In the end, do we want a tax system where only employees and pensioners pay their share for public services? Bernard Lahey, Montreal Play nice, teachers Playing Nice with Your Child's Teacher (Life & Arts, Sept. 15) offers valuable insights for parents looking to build a good relationship with their children's school. Parents and educators should be partners, because research tell us that when families are engaged in learning, students do better. However, the onus should not be entirely on families. To have meaningful partnerships with their families, teachers could begin by: 1) Calling home at the start of the year to introduce themselves and their hopes for the year. Early, positive contact is important, especially for students who will face challenges; 2) Working with parents throughout the year instead of at school -sponsored events; 3) Examining biases based on income, ethnicity, culture and past experiences, acknowledging that every family wants the best for their child; 4) Welcoming parent knowledge as an important tool and finding ways to partner with families in learning. I don't like calling it "playing nice with your student's family," but ... Nancy Angevine -Sands, family engagement consultant, Toronto Selfies at Auschwitz Re Auschwitz Is Not The Place For Selfies (Sept. 13): In the photo accompanying this column, the "offender" holding the camera is also clutching, in her other hand, a sign or bag clearly imprinted with the words "Never Again." if this is the message carried home by young people who visit Auschwitz, who cares how many selfies they take? https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/letters/sept-18-whoa-reread-the-mutual-defence-clause- plus-other-letters-to-the-editor/article 36281428/ 2/5 /!-- This code was added to remove the metadata from document view in Weblink -->