Teach one thing, do another
Here’s a good question: Why do schools in Toronto (or anywhere else, for that matter) spend money to give their employees (teachers, admin people, support staff) free parking when their budgets are full of other things they’d rather spend money on and when they themselves try to teach children about active modes of transportation and why they’re better than car dependence for everything from health to the environment?
Schools are an area of provincial jurisdiction. It’s up to the province to decide how much money school boards will have to spend on everything from building maintenance to hiring new teachers. The province certainly could set standards about free parking for employees, especially in areas close to transit. Or they could tell schools not to have any. Or no more than 20 spots. Or to charge employees for parking like so many other people do at their place of work.
No, I’m not too hopeful given the kind of administration we currently have in Ontario, a bunch of people you think would not hesitate to pave over Mount Pleasant Cemetary to make a high-speed highway, but still. I hope at some point the people who work in the education system themselves, the same people teaching children how to treat the earth better than previous generations did, will realize it might just be a great idea to model that teaching themselves. Nothing says don’t pay attention to what I’m saying than a do-as-a-say-not-as-I-do kind of teacher.