Opinion

LETTER: Something has to give in class size debate

Editor:

I am quite sick of people accusing teachers of wanting more pay for less work.

Clearly, John Elmore hasn’t been in a classroom for a while, and I’m guessing he has no personal interest in the stability of our school system. This further proves his ignorance, and that of others with the same mindset.

A failing school system affects us all. We will not be able to successfully function as a society if the future generations are ill-equipped to manage, work, or contribute to it.

Teachers are not asking for more money and less work. They are asking for more support and better resources so that they can get their actual work done. More time teaching the entire class, less time dealing with individual student issues.

The fact is that all students are suffering. Gifted students are not being challenged to their fullest potential. Mediocre students have no opportunity to improve.  Special needs students can’t even get assessed. Every classroom deals with disruption on a daily basis because there aren’t enough resources or support staff to give special needs and high risk students the skills they need to learn.

Segregation wasn’t effective when I was a kid, and integration cannot be effective in a classroom of 28-plus kids and only one teacher.  Something’s got to give, and I don’t know a single teacher who thinks that putting in less time is it.

Justine Hodge

Chilliwack

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