Quiet voices of parents often ignored
RE: Time to slay the sacred vache (July 4)
Although school boards fail to assess the bilingualism rates of French immersion graduates, copious studies have shown it is a pitiful five to 10 per cent.
It is the parents of this small group — and parents themselves who did well in it — who continue to be praise and promote French immersion. Their motto should be, “As long as it worked for me and my kid, who cares about the rest.”
They refuse to acknowledge the overwhelming evidence that shows it is ineffective at best and elitist at worse. They don’t care about the thousands of students in English programs who have lost their home schools.
And what about the hundreds of children with learning challenges who have been forced to drop out of French immersion because of the lack of supports. Children needing special education services have the highest attrition rates in FI.
Many parents are secretly relieved that the “problem” kids who distract the teachers are gone. When challenged on this, their response is always — “why is it wrong for a parent to want the best for their child?”
To state the obvious, our schools are publicly funded and any program that fails to work for all children should either be improved or removed from the system. Unfortunately, school boards and trustees have a tendency to listen to the loudest voices, while the quieter voices of parents who have children with Special Education needs have been largely ignored. Denise Davy, Burlington