School poli­cies need to be re­con­sid­ered

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

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

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