Letters

School year already behind

Teachers are fighting for better learning and working conditions.

They are fighting for our children, to improve class size and increase support for children with special needs. If you’ve been into local classrooms lately, you already know that classes are jam-packed to capacity and in many cases over capacity. One special needs child without teacher aide support can totally monopolize a teacher’s time. In some cases, there are as many as five special needs children placed in a classroom. You can see how this would seriously affect the amount of teacher time available for the rest of the class when there is not enough special needs support.

As a former student in a classroom, you probably know how classrooms operate, right? You show up and the teacher teaches.

What you may not know is that June is when principals and teachers begin preparations for an orderly start in September. As you know, none of this work has been done as teachers were locked out of their classrooms. It is now August when teachers would begin to prepare their classrooms for an organized and exciting start to the new school year.

Of course, teachers could give up their pursuit to maintain high standards and quality education for our children. Children would show up and teachers would continue to teach in bulging classrooms with less and less opportunity to help individuals. Teachers would still get paid, but our children would have a less than ideal learning experience.

As parents, we all want our kids to have the best start in life with a quality education. The government and the teachers have set their boundaries. It’s all about the money. Are our children worth it?

Julie Johnson

Campbell River

 

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