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Remove Mr. Goldlist from Kindergarten

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Dear Marguerite Campbell & Shelley Laskin,

It has come to the attention of the Ledbury Park E & MS parent community that for the 2019-2020 school year Mr. Daniel Goldlist is scheduled to teach JK/SK.

Mr. Goldlist is an incompetent teacher and one that we do not feel safe or comfortable having in charge of a room full of 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Over the course of the past 2 years he has twice been placed on leave because of physical altercations between him and young children (one in grade 1 and one in kindergarten). He has also been present, yet unaware, when children are engaged in both bullying and unsafe behaviour.

3, 4 and 5 year olds are unable to advocate for themselves. They often forget the details of their day and either do not or cannot adequately convey their experiences to the caring adults in their lives. This translates to a man who is untrustworthy in a classroom, being left in charge of the physical safety and education of young children in an environment with no oversight and no one who can accurately describe the happenings of the day.

Mr. Goldlist has been moved around the school because of his inability to teach lessons, control a classroom or assist children with navigating their social worlds. He does not use the classroom technology (i.e. iPads and Chromebooks) for educational endeavors or to maximize technical understanding but to attempt to bribe children into behaving appropriately. Our children should not be spending their Kindergarten years staring at a screen.

On repeated occasions he has been reprimanded for inappropriate use of the Google classrooms that he, as the librarian, was given access to. He has no sense of boundaries or appropriate behavior; yet another reason why he cannot be left in charge of the youngest children in the school.

In an ideal world he would be placed into another school but at the very least he needs to be kept out of a Ledbury Park classroom, and in particular a kindergarten classroom.


Ledbury Park E & MS parents

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