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17 September 2017 | Professionally Speaking letters to the editor Professionally Speaking welcomes letters and articles on topics of interest to teachers. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and to conform to our publication style. To be considered for publication, letters must provide the writer's daytime phone number and registration number. Address letters to: The Editor, Professionally Speaking at ps@oct.ca or 101 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 0A1. 15 June 2017 | Professionally Speaking United States 22,152 Australia 5,095 England 1,202 India 3,474 Scotland 1,075 HEAD COUNT INTERNATIONAL DRAW Gender distribution over the years: 1998 2016 *Numbers represent most recent fi nal year data from 1998 to 2016. **Estimate based on 1997 and 1998 data available. GOING PLATINUM! Celebrating the College's 20th Anniversary.* BY STEVE BREARTON 31% male 26% male Total number of members in good standing: Average annual increase in membership 3,644 1998**: 2016: 16,215 38,722 Top fi ve countries where IETs received initial certifi cation, 2016: 69% female 74% female Total number of new internationally educated teachers (IETs) who are OCTs: 1998: 172,553 2016: 238,143 TWEET SHEET Follow what's trending in the education Twitterverse DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @OCT_OEEO INFOGRAPHIC: HANNAH BROWNE/STUDIO 141 AgScape @AgScapeON A charity that promotes agriculture and food learning in the classroom ; formerly Ontario Agri-Food Educa- tion . # ageducation # onted AgScape @AgScapeON AgScape Teacher Ambassadors offer FREE lessons w/ agri-food focus & curriculum links to many subjects: agscape.ca/ request-ta @ONeducation twitter.com/malalafund twitter.com/agscapeon 540K* FOLLOWERS 4,389* FOLLOWERS Malala Fund @MalalaFund Led by eudcation activist Malala Yousafzai , the fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear. Malala Fund @MalalaFund Malala and @JustinTrudeau discuss education, what advice they have for girls & who makes them laugh the most. Watch: mala.la/2oA5ci8 twitter.com/tlx_ed 5,071* FOLLOWERS Learning Exchange @TLX_ED Shares research-based content focused on student achievement in literacy and mathematics ; consults the Ontario's Ministry of Educa- tion's Student Achievement Division # OntEd Learning Exchange @TLX_ED Relevant, timely & connected. Free #LearningX resources. See the new video content from recent conference #onted ow.ly/gcxR30amTVJ YOUR STUDY GUIDE TO STATS IN EDUCATION *as of May 2, 2017 What's in a Name The June issue of Professionally Speaking touts 20 years of protecting the public interest. Words such as "inclusivity," "respect," "care" and "integrity" adorn the cover. Within the issue in the article titled "20 Years of Protecting the Public Interest" are the subtitles "A New Level of Openness," "Planting the Seed" and "Broadening Perspectives." But in the At the College section, there is a picture of international visitors. Five people are in the picture: three of them are White and two are Black. The names of all the White people are given, but the two Ugandan delegates are simply identi- fied as "members" [of the delegation]. Beliefs about race emerge from the quotidian, the ordinary, and the day- to-day ways of being and doing things; how things, and especially people, are portrayed. The two Black men in the photo are not ciphers, quantities of no importance; they are men who have names, and their identities should have been respected. By carelessly ignoring the personal identities of these two individuals, your editors quietly and easily contributed to the normative framework of how Black people are seen (or not seen even though their bodies are there). The his- tory of Black people is rife with examples of the careless disregard of names and the imposition of namelessness upon Black bodies. And the ironic kicker is Angela De Palma's article, "Answering to Your Name: Names contain meaning, contributing to who we are," is spot on — names are important. Declining number of male teachers disheartening I find it worrisome that the number of male teachers, as reported in By the Numbers in the June edition, has been declining over the past 20 years, dropping from 31 per cent in 1998 to 26 per cent in 2016. Meanwhile, the number of male teachers found in this issue's Hearings in the Governing Ourselves section exceeds the number of female teachers 12 to one. Is it really because men have less self-control and are generally more violent? Or is it because their behaviour is scrutinized more closely than that of women? At one point I actually thought the teaching profession could be a possibility for my son, who is in his 20s. Now, I'm having second thoughts. My son is social and friendly, and for those reasons I'd be afraid he'd end up in the Hearings pages for touching the shoulder of a student. It's very unfortunate because boys drop out of school more often than girls and need successful male role models in education. As former College Chair Donna Marie Kennedy says on page 29: "I think a profession can be over-regulated." And I sometimes wonder when I'm reading these Hearings summaries if the College has already gone too far. (This letter has been translated from the original French version.) —Hélène Dompierre, OCT, teaches French as a Second Language and biology at Philemon Wright High School in Gatineau, Que. —Carl Cooke, is a retired teacher who taught Grades 3 and 8 in the Toronto District School Board and Rachel Cooke, OCT, is an assistant curriculum leader of English at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, Toronto District School Board. T H E M A G A Z I N E O F T H E O N TA R I O C O L L E G E O F T E A C H E R S JUNE 2017 YEARS OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC INTEREST

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