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OISE 50th Anniversary Celebration: A Roaring Success

Panelists at OISE's 50th anniversary Jackson Lecture

OISE scholars Michael Skolnik, Sherene Razack, Jean-Paul Restoule and Carol Campbell discuss the future of education with TVO host Steve Paikin. (Photo: BDS Studios Inc.)

In honour of OISE’s 50th anniversary, the annual R.W.B. Jackson Lecture took place May 9 featuring TVO host Steve Paikin and four OISE scholars.

After Mr. Paikin provided opening remarks, OISE experts Carol Campbell, Sherene Razack, Jean-Paul Restoule, and Michael Skolnik weighed in on an important discussion about the future of education in Ontario. 

Impact Award

Before the discussion began, OISE founder, William G. Davis was recognized with OISE's 50 Years of Impact Award. His daughter Nancy Bennett and daughter in law Ruth Davis—both educators—received the honour on behalf of the former Premier.

“It is my understanding that this is the biggest turn out of any Jackson Lecture in its history, and that says a great deal about the wonders of our community,” Dean Glen Jones told the audience.

Among many issues debated, panellists discussed inequality in the education system and its impact on both students and educators. 

When asked if Ontario's education system was systemically racist, Razack said, “Absolutely,” which was met with applause and further discussion among the panellists.

Skolnik spoke about the need for more evidence-based decision-making to ensure education is equitable and accessible.

Restoule also weighed in on the importance of supporting Aboriginal youth and Campbell noted that while teaching technology is important, educators must continue to make humanity and well-being a priority in the classroom.

Trending: #OISE50

The event was also a hit on social media – with #OISE50 trending on Twitter. Check out the Storify below for highlights of the event. 

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