It’s a fair bet to say most Ontarians are in favour of higher standards in the classroom, and a return to the basics. Parents are well aware of the need for their children to have the best education possible in order to compete on the job market of the 21st century.
But if one can applaud the decision to turn conventional wisdom on its head by saying a “C” no longer is good enough, it’s equally clear the provincial government hasn’t sufficiently thought through just how we are achieve those improved standards.
Expecting teachers to oversee a dozen or so “Independent Education Plans” in their classroom borders on the ridiculous, especially if we’re to believe class sizes will be getting even bigger in the future—not smaller.
Compounding the problem, of course, is that the province appears to be giving little emphasis, or funding, to special education resources in our schools, whether they’re earmarked for children who are falling behind or those labelled as “gifted.”
Raising standards is one thing. But you can’t do it without also giving educators the necessary tools to do their job. And right now, the second part of that equation is sorely missing.
Surely, Education and Training minister John Snobelen doesn’t need a university degree, let alone a high school diploma, to figure that one out.