After a forty year career in education, during which he has held virtually every position possible in the profession, Dr. James S. Brown is currently undertaking a new project aimed at raising public awareness about the issue of gender equality, especially as it applies in education. He has begun a multi-country tour, speaking with educational and community leaders about the problem of the increasing degree to which boys are underachieving in and disengaged by school, and the long-term consequences of our society’s apparent lack of interest in issues which impact disproportionately on boys.
The tour, which he is calling his Odyssey for Equality, includes stops in the UK, in a number of states in the USA, and in most of the Canadian provinces. The major theme is the problem of the underachievement of boys in school, its causes, consequences and solutions. Dr. Brown has already addressed groups in Florida in the USA, in Norwich and London in the UK, and in various locations in southern Ontario. He has an extensive schedule of meetings and presentations in Ontario in May and June, and in the western provinces in July and August. Please check the schedule and watch for the tour as it arrives in a location near you this summer.
The Canadian Association for Equality is a proud sponsor of the “Odyssey for Equality” currently being undertaken by our Advisory Fellow Dr. James Brown. In ongoing instalments on these CAFE blogs, James will update us on his travels, as he raises awareness of the educational issues facing boys in Canada. Here is his schedule and below is his first report:
Wed 03 – North Bay Thurs04 – Sault Ste Marie
Fri 05 – Marathon Sat 06 – Thunder Bay
Sun 07 – Ignace Mon 08 – Kenora
Tues 09 – Winnipeg Wed 10 – Winnipeg
Thurs11 – Moosomin Fri 12 – Regina
Sat 13 – Regina Sun 14 – Regina
Mon 15 – Medicine Hat Tues 16 – Medicine Hat
Wed 17 – Medicine Hat Thurs18 – Medicine Hat
Fri 19 – Medicine Hat Sat 20 – Medicine Hat
Sun 21 – Strathmore Mon 22 – Calgary
Tues 23 – Calgary Wed 24 – Banff
Thurs25 – Banff Fri 26 – Red Deer
Sat 27 – Drayton Valley Sun 28 – Edmonton
Mon 29 – Edmonton Tues 30 – Edmonton
Wed 31 – Lloydminster
Thurs 01 – Saskatoon Fri 02 – Saskatoon
Sat 03 – Yorkton/Regina Sun 04 – Regina
Mon 05 – Winnipeg Tues 06 – Ignace
Wed 07 – Thunder Bay Thurs 08 – Marathon
Fri 09 – Sault Ste Marie Sat 10 – Sudbury
Sun 11 – Brechin
My Odyssey for Equality in Education
My Odyssey is underway! For the past two months (March – April),
and continuing for the next four months (May – August), I have been and will be meeting with educational and community leaders in an effort to raise awareness about the increasing degree to which some children, most often boys, are underachieving in our schools. While school systems are making efforts to deal with the inequality that this represents, there appears to be little appetite for information from any groups outside of the system. The approach that is being used appears to be “more of the same.” Meanwhile, many other options are available. The Odyssey will encourage leaders in many fields related to children to share information and ideas.
As my travels unfold, I will provide regular reports so that those that are interested can share in my adventure with me.
Inequality starts early; fortunately, equality also starts early. Be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.