Teacher’s PD days should shift time
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