To the Editors,
So, some students protested against proposed changes to the Ontario education system on April 4. A large percentage of those students probably read the extensive coverage in the April 11 issue of The Haldimand Press, and got a “feel-good” sensation. But I wonder how many of those same students read the article a few months prior in the same weekly that showed the Board-wide results of the math and reading proficiency tests, and the glaring lack of success of Grand Erie students.
When a school gets a 35% rating in grade three, that should be a signal to improve. Instead, the same school gets a 15% score in grade six. And those results are not limited to Haldimand, but are mirrored across the province. That should be enough of a red flag to suggest shortcomings in our education system.
When changes are suggested, however, the response is not that we have to fix the problems, but that teaching jobs will be “lost”, and will therefore mean that students will learn less. A union is more concerned with the number of members in the union than they are with the quality of work produced by those members – hey, I used to work at Ford!