We, The Undersigned – Tuesday 5/14
Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?
When I think of writing a petition there’s two that make sense to me. The first is on the spiritual side. It would be a petition to the Creator and angels to ease my children’s path and guard over them. So far, this petition has been answered. Although, I wouldn’t mind if the cure for diabetes was pushed through either .
The second petition is one that’s already been written. Not just a petition but a Bill that I believe didn’t get past second reading in the Ontario legislature. I would petition the Ontario government to effectively and consistently address type 1 diabetes in Ontario schools. I’d like staff willing to assist with diabetes management. I’d like staff willing to create an environment of safety for my children. I’d like a school system that respected their medical needs and didn’t try to shove them in the ADHD corner, the non-compliant corner, the don’t ask any more of us corner.
I get that teachers are meant to teach; not nurse, not counsel. I get that their classrooms are maxed out and they are burnt out in some cases. For me, this is not a rant against teachers. I don’t hate teachers or disrespect their work. I do think our education system is deeply broken and they are muddling along as best they can. My petition isn’t a request for teachers to do more or be more, but for the whole system to support my children. Yes, I need the teacher in the classroom to be alert -but maybe that teacher needs someone else to back them up, to take on another task. I really don’t know what that would look like as I’m not an educator.
This is where my petition goes way beyond the basic hope for safety and diabetes management of my children. More into a dream I have of an education system that not only supports my children’s diabetes management and safety but actively promotes their entire well being. Promotes their successes, their abilities, their achievements, their creativity. I dream of a school system that values all these positives and lets them step back a bit, regroup when diabetes is beating them down. A system that is flexible enough to say, today is not the day you will be successful in this test. Maybe this isn’t even the week to expect you to sit quietly and manage listening. There’s another way you can learn this week.
I’m not an educator. I’m not an expert on school or education but I would join any committee or initiative that said ‘let’s take a look at this together and be open to fundamental changes’. I’ll even try to stay under budget- well, under budget’ish at least.