Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Toronto Star Story On The Marineland Mom


Mother convinces school to cancel class trip to Marineland

A Stoney Creek mom created a media firestorm when she revealed on Twitter that she convinced her 9-year-old son’s elementary school to cancel trip a class trip to Marineland.

Park visitors observe and feed the bears at Marineland's bear pit in this 2012 photo. A Stoney Creek mom recently convinced her child's school to cancel a class trip to Marineland.
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Park visitors observe and feed the bears at Marineland's bear pit in this 2012 photo. A Stoney Creek mom recently convinced her child's school to cancel a class trip to Marineland.
The “Marineland mom” controversy highlights a dilemma for educators when it comes to class field trips.
How do schools balance the educational value of a trip with sensitivities to issues that matter to students or parents?
And in an age where parental involvement has never been greater, should a trip be cancelled if objections — or just one objection — are raised?
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Stoney Creek mom Jennifer Jamieson, a woman with a passion for social activism (she bills herself on Twitter as Vegetarian Mom and an animal advocate) recently tweeted that she had convinced her 9-year-old son’s teacher to cancel a class trip to Marineland.
News of her lobbying effort provoked debate online and on talk radio shows in Hamilton and Toronto.
Comments ranged from applauding Jamieson for fighting for what she believes is right — the ethical treatment of animals — to castigating her for not keeping her boy at home and letting other kids at Mountain View Elementary take the trip.
Mixing as they do education, parental authority and, on occasion, social and cultural sensitivities, field trips are fertile ground for controversy.

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