Ottawa Citizen

Hurt­ing ed­u­ca­tion

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Re: McGuinty’s mi­cro­manag­ing is the larger ed­u­ca­tion is­sue, Dec. 21.

Thank you, Pam FitzGer­ald for iden­ti­fy­ing the many con­cerns and the pol­icy fa­tigue that teach­ers and school boards have faced in the last 15 years.

It started with the Har­ris government which, un­der the guise of im­prov­ing schools, adopted failed Amer­i­can poli­cies that had at their heart an agenda to slash the ed­u­ca­tion bud­get. Although Pre­mier Dal­ton McGuinty brought labour peace, his government con­tin­ued down the same road and brought in even more poli­cies that will not de­liver the ed­u­ca­tional goals they are de­signed to achieve.

Pub­lic money is wasted on pro­vin­cial test­ing which has cre­ated a cli­mate of teach­ing to the test; time that is not spent on other ar­eas of real learn­ing. Gone are phys-ed spe­cial­ists, mu­sic teach­ers, some spe­cial-ed teach­ers etc. who used to pro­vide ex­per­tise in the ele­men­tary class­room. The money wasted on pro­vin­cial test­ing would be bet­ter spent on hir­ing more teach­ers who can pro­vide th­ese spe­cial skills. One only has to look at the sorry state of the Amer­i­can pub­lic school sys­tem to re­al­ize that we don’t need to im­i­tate their ideas.

CATHY HA­LEY,

Ot­tawa

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