Choice in education is a right, privilege
The word of the day is choice, writes Michelle Hauser (“Mulroney forfeits her winner-take-all card,” Feb. 10). The choice to provide her kids with the best education she can afford makes Caroline Mulroney a target for public denouncement and shaming.
Hauser seems to assume that the only way to learn something about public education is to expose one’s own children to it. According to this kind of logic, only mothers would “know something” about prenatal care and only female doctors with children would be suitable to become obstetricians.
Hauser denies she is class-warmongering, but what else is her resenting the fact that the rich have certain options, rather than looking for ways how to make similar options widely available? She assumes that the reason why those who can afford it send their children to private schools is to separate them from the public. Did it ever occur to her that they may be doing it precisely because they “know something ” about the ever more costly, yet ever less effective, two-sizes-fit-all Ontario public and Catholic education system?
To teach is a job that’s very easy if one doesn’t care about the outcome, but very hard if one does. Unfortunately, the way the educational systems of Ontario evolved over time makes the easy job much easier and the hard one much harder. Political correctness and the destructive policy of placing self-confidence above all other considerations expect teachers to keep their students happy and to follow every few years a new experimental educational fad. A teacher doing a good job at actually making the kids learn something by applying methods that work hardly gets any recognition. Instead, he or she is facing rather serious, sometimes even threatening, disincentives.
I’d much rather see Caroline Mulroney trying to do something about bringing more choices into Ontario’s education system than demand of her to allow the system to mould her own children into politically indoctrinated selfconfident ignorants, as the monopoly is currently set to do to way too many of its largely helpless captive audience.
Ivan Satori Kingston