Fair enough. However, on Friday the National Post carried a photo of Jordan's mother carrying a portfolio of his high school work as she was comforted by friends and family. Prominently displayed was a report Jordan had written about Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson. Here it is verbatim:
Researching on Tom Thomson
Year of birth 1887
Year of death 1917
Name of artist: tom thomson
Place of claremont ontario
Information about the artist's life he grew up in leith near owen sound. after he moving to toront his early career was spet as a commercial artist grip ltd the commereide. his troducolleagues there were several membersof what. In 1920 became the group of seven. He in turn introduced them to algonquin park in ontario. he encourageb themh to hike and canonthrough the wilderness. Which became their live
What kind of art did the artist do he painted pictures of subjects like the thnorern parts of ontario. he began to paint that. he might express the emotures the country inspired him
what is special about their style or techniques? Thomson would paint skys throughout his career. He used delibrate repetition of horizantal bands of paint.
I wouldn't bring this up, except for the fact that in the same story, one of the boy's teachers is quoted "[lamenting] the lack of funding for programs in low-income neighbourhoods that could help keep children occupied and inspired outside of school. 'These children should not be news after the fact. We need to stop dealing with money, numbers, paper and put in programs. There is a lack of building minds.... They feel trapped. They don't see anything other than their home community. They need to know the world is a bigger place. We [as children] had something else that they don't have. We had hope.' "
I know I'll take some flak for this, but is this work typical of a grade 9 student at C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate, or at the Toronto District School Board for that matter? Does anyone think that a sense of hopelessness in the youth of the school's neighbourhood might have something to do with the fact that the students can't read or write, and that this might be a huge obstacle to their progress in "the world as a bigger place"? Before governments start pouring money into "programs", maybe they should take a look at this fundamental issue.