A CBC Toronto investigation has revealed that a growing number of Canadian children are being asked to play games in order to develop their computer skills.
In fact, in one case a 15-year-old boy who was asked to develop a web browser was forced to work on an app for his younger sister’s mobile game platform.
It is unclear why the boy was being asked.
“He’s a really bright kid.
He’s a super bright kid,” said Sarah Wilson, the mother of a 15 year old who was given a chance to develop the mobile app in the fall of 2015.
“They were all asking him to work with the game and learn to use the game, and he just was like, ‘Well, yeah, it’s just a game.
It’s not that important.'”
Wilson said her son was told that playing games in the classroom would not be allowed.
She said she was “totally shocked” and told CBC News that the boy’s teacher was very adamant about that.
“There’s a reason why it was put into place, and I think it’s because they have an obligation to make sure the kids aren’t doing it,” Wilson said.
In the summer of 2017, the CBC interviewed a group of parents who had been invited to a conference about learning to code at the Canadian Institute for Child and Family Studies in Toronto.
While the conference was held on the same day as the game development conference, the children were not allowed in.
“We were all like, it seems like they’re going to be coming and doing something, but we’re not going to let them in,” said one parent, who asked not to be named.
“The teachers were not going anywhere, so they were just waiting for the kids to come and do their work.”
Wilson said she told the teacher that her son had a good grade, but that he was not in good academic standing.
“I asked, ‘So you’re saying that we should not be letting him in because he’s not good enough?'” said Wilson.
“She said, ‘No, no, no.
I think he is really bright.
He has a lot of potential.
He can do so much.'”
The school district, which is responsible for all of the children attending the conference, did not respond to CBC News’ request for comment.
But in an email sent to CBC, the principal said the school has a “zero tolerance” policy for students not meeting academic standards and would be held accountable if a student failed to meet that standard.
“It is important that our students are learning from each other, and being involved in their communities, but also that we do not put them in situations where they are being pressured or forced to learn anything they don’t want to,” the email reads.
“A great example of this is when one student was told they would have to learn a programming language.
This was completely unacceptable.
We have been in contact with the student to find out if this is still happening.”
The school board told CBC that the school district had no record of any student being sent home from the conference.
The email also notes that the meeting was not held during the school day, and that it was cancelled after the students were no longer there.
Wilson, who is a former chair of the Child and Youth Development committee, said the incident highlights the fact that there is a strong push to discourage kids from participating in school, and said she does not think it was appropriate for a parent to be asked to provide the school with a child.
“If I was in a classroom and I said, you know, ‘I think we need to get you some homework because you’re just not doing it right,’ they’re not even going to listen to me,” Wilson told CBC.
“So I think we’re missing out on a lot.”
“The parents that are pushing for that, they’re saying, ‘We have no right to make that decision, we can’t do it, and we’re going home.'”