School policies need to be reconsidered
Nova Scotia’s education system is in an extremely sorry state.
There are two issues that appear to be the greatest obstacles that keep cropping up in comments I have been hearing: 1.“Inclusion”
2. Not holding back students who have not been able to make a passing grade in one or more subjects
I understand “inclusion” to refer to the placement of students with learning difficulties into regular classes.
I suppose this was some kind of “efficiency” plan made by a politician in an effort to cut expenses. Instead, the practice has made it impossible for teachers to maintain discipline and order in the classroom.
A much more important issue is this: What happens to a child who is thrust into this alien (to the child) environment? Every day he/she has to try cope with this situation ... sometimes all alone.
I cannot imagine myself even considering such a situation. There is no hint of compassion whatsoever and certainly little chance of benefit for the child.
The policy of pushing a child who is having difficulty mastering the material into the next grade regardless of the fact that he/she is not capable of handling the work is a formula for a continued lack of success.
The principle here is that failure is never final. It is an opportunity to start over. It happened to me once and I ended up finishing at the head of the class. It was a feeling I would not want to experience again but the result was most certainly gratifying.
It is time for parents to come the defence of their children in such situations.
Vic Foster Sydney