Teacher’s PD days should shift time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The C.D. Howe In­sti­tute did a study on teach­ers’ salaries and found pay­ing teach­ers higher wages doesn’t mean bet­ter stu­dent per­for­mance. I have for a long time ques­tioned pay­ing teach­ers for Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Days. I want teach­ers to take Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Days in July and Au­gust with­out pay. Pay­ing teach­ers higher wages won’t pro­vide bet­ter stu­dent per­for­mance so it is time for teach­ers to stop us­ing school days for Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment days and teach our young peo­ple in­stead.

I sup­port test­ing stu­dents in Grade 12 for read­ing abil­ity and read­ing com­pre­hen­sion. Stu­dents who can’t read at a Grade 12 shouldn’t pass. The lack of read­ing skills does have a se­ri­ous ef­fect on the stu­dent. Test­ing stu­dents for read­ing in Grade 12 will demon­strate how dam­ag­ing the push to pass sys­tem on P.E.I. is. Teach­ers can’t jus­tify their pay with the push to pass sys­tem. John W.A. Cur­tis, Summerside

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