Stephen Lecce Inspires Bingo Drinking Game

By Ben Hamill - September 03 2020
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Stephen Lecce Inspires Bingo Drinking Game

So monotonous and repetitive have Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s responses to concerns over Ontario’s controversial back-to-school plan become, that one Toronto teacher has decided to try and find the humour in an otherwise depressing situation by turning the minister’s answers into a drinking Bingo game.

Louisa Julius, a Toronto District School Board educator, says she’s just about had it with the education minister’s repetitive responses and education announcements, which according to Julius, have become unbearable. Every time she thinks that the situation is about to get better, it only ends up being even worse off than before, says the clearly frustrated teacher.

And since Lecce has taken to providing what Julius refers to as non-answers both monotonous as well as largely unactionable, the education minister has only managed to drive up confusion and create even more fear and uncertainty in parents and teachers alike.

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Lecce Bingo Humour

And so, shocking though the education minister’s habit of repeating certain talking points up for discussion may be, Julius says she eventually decided that she may as well have fun in the midst of everything else falling apart. And so, Lecce Bingo came into existence.

All of the minister’s most-used responses are there, including words and phrases like robust, the right path, safely, suite of actions, de-risk, and to be frank. Or in other words, Bingo words and phrases to drink by.

Student Trauma A Concern

The province has in the meantime responded to concerns over its education minister’s handling of the situation by explaining that its own strategy is in line with and based on guidance received from a team of child-health experts at several medical institutions, including Toronto’s own Hospital for Sick Children.

But even though the province certainly appears to want to follow the best possible course of action, Julius says she remains concerned by the potential of so-called student trauma, and specifically, by the effects of said trauma on learning processes.

To illustrate her point around potentially traumatic situations, Julius uses the hypothetical situation of a teacher dying and a student assuming that he or she may have been the person responsible for having passed on the infection that caused their teacher to die.

The ten school boards that make up Greater Toronto’s education system have confirmed that at least $4.5 million in provincial funding is currently being spent on the hiring of additional social and mental health workers in preparation for student classes resuming as early as this month.

Mental health advocates are however saying that this amount won’t prove nearly enough if the province is to fully address those mental health challenges now experienced by children as a result of the ongoing crisis.

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