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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 8 Professionally Speaking March 2021 In the spirit of open conversation and to support an array of perspectives, Professionally Speaking welcomes letters to the editor. The opinions expressed in letters are solely those of the authors and should not be interpreted as the view of the College. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Tell us what you think! Write to Us! Professionally Speaking welcomes leers to the editor. Please address your thoughts about content in the magazine to ps@oct.ca, and be sure to include your phone number and registration number. We look forward to hearing from you! Feedback on our December issue Consider the message Being a male elementar y teacher who is good at his job and cares about the students I teach, I found this cover to be ver y suggestive. What message do you think you are really sending? Chris Bond, OCT, is a Grade 4/5 teacher with the Peel District School Board. A call for more tact and respect Putting the title and the photo together immediately gives a person, who might not be directly involved in education, the idea that this is a normal occurrence. A topic such as this demands more tact. It doesn't honour the victim of abuse or promote schools as a safe place — frankly it does not give respect to the issue. Bruce McCulligh, OCT, teaches high school with the Toronto District School Board. In line with College obligations While I think the College can be held at fault for a number of concerns, this December cover is not one of them. Please do not yield to this hyped-up hysteria. You have an obligation to keep this body of professionals informed and reminded of their responsibilities. Mark Quan, OCT, is a Grade 8 teacher with the York Region District School Board. Missing the mark I can completely understand that the College may have had a desire to shed light on the abhorrent situations that we read about in the blue pages section of every issue. Certainly there are members who, unfortunately, need to be reminded of maintaining appro- priate boundaries with students, but placing this image on the cover of a magazine for hard-working profes- sionals is, in my opinion, not the way to attempt to reprimand or discipline these members or remind them of their professional duties. Perhaps there needs to be stricter conse- quences for members who violate boundaries. I would also argue that these members are likely not reading the magazine, anyhow. This leaves your upstanding members who do read the magazine seeking profes- sional development thinking that this is how you view them. Valerie Iamundo, OCT, teaches Grade 4 at St. Anne Catholic Academy in Toronto. Misleading, at best I would have hoped somewhere in the editing process a clearer distinc- tion of the two [cover headlines] with a more generic graphic would have been used to better effect. Barring a few exceptions, these professionals are doing their very best to protect their students from harm from any source. Susan McNamara, is a retired teacher who taught high school with the District School Board Ontario North East.

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