DaMn! Aren't you reading the posts? The teachers are fighting for change precisely BECAUSE of one of the complaints you make. "You have reduced a high-school diploma to a reward for participation. Clap, clap, clap...everyone gets a raise!!!" Your mentality is part of the problem. The teachers haven't reduced the high-school diploma to a reward for participation -- The Department of Education ( The Province) has done that. DUH! The teachers are fed up with it, being blamed for it, having their hands tied behind their backs and not being able to do a frigging thing about it. Keep drinking MacNeil's Kool-Aid, ignoramus!
The OB and many of the post above serve as proof that there are a lot of people out there who have espoused a culture of ignorance around the education system in this province. More ostriches with their heads in the sand. The amount of people who speak with authority on a topic they know very little about is astounding ( but sadly, not surprising). Teachers ARE NOT paid for March Break or Christmas, or STAT holidays or summer vacation. They are paid for the teaching days and PD days in the calendar year. Yes, they opted a number of years ago to have their paychecks stretched out over the course of the year rather than draw EI but that does not mean the public should expect that they work for hours that are not in the contract. Teachers do that anyway...because they care. That is what draws them to the profession in the first place. Break down the pay by hour and it doesn't seem so cushy. Take into account that, on average, it takes ten years or more of working as a substitute before one gets permanent status and one may learn that many of those substitutes build up debt in order to teach before they have access to the union benefits. I agree completely with OB that teachers are not a babysitting service and that their children have a legal right to an education but shouldn't the QUALITY of that education stand for something? It is amazing how many citizens think teachers have control over the standards of education. Does the public think it is the teachers who have made the decision to embrace "inclusion" without adequate resources and protocols in place to do so effectively. Should one suppose that teachers are the reason why more kids are going onto post-secondary education without ever having asked them to remain accountable for their grades, actions and attendance? As a parent, I sympathize with teachers when I hear of my daughter's class needing to be evacuated from her classroom because of a violent classmate who can not control himself from hurting others when he throws a tantrum in the classroom. I worry when I hear stoties of teachers and students being assaulted verbally and sometimes physically in classrooms across our province. If the teachers negotiated a service award and want a salary that takes in account inflation and cost of living, why deny them and growl but stand by and watch politicians earn 4 times as much in a service award over a measly 4 years as compared to the 30 years of spending 6-10 hours a day with OUR children. I can't get my head around your ARchie Bunker attitudes. If you truly value your childrens' education, teach them what it means to research, think critically AFTER collecting all of the facts --without BIAS! (SIGH) I'm tired, and there is so much more to say. How freakin' tired must those teachers be?
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