Pour money into ed­u­ca­tion

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Ed­i­tor, In re­sponse to the new bud­get cuts to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, it is time to see the big pic­ture.

In my opin­ion Doug Ford’s ed­u­ca­tion cuts are a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights un­der “In­clu­sion” and th­ese cuts will set many chil­dren up for fail­ure be­fore they are even given a fair chance.

The new plan in ed­u­ca­tion cuts will pro­tect the al­ready ad­van­taged chil­dren, and we will leave “the oth­ers” be­hind. So what does this of­fer “the oth­ers”? A fu­ture of be­ing a bur­den to so­ci­ety and they will con­tinue to be la­belled “the oth­ers,” which of­fers a life of con­tin­ued poverty and for some, crime.

This plan carves out a bleak des­tiny for “the oth­ers.” So where is the in­clu­sion in all of this?

Added to that, let’s look at the fu­ture of our ed­u­ca­tors. In­crease the class­room sizes with­out sup­port? This prom­ises a high burn-out rate for the teach­ers; they will lose hope and in­ter­est, symp­to­matic of burnout with the like­li­hood of go­ing on sick leave, and while this goes on, the par­ents of the ad­van­taged chil­dren will see the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and move their chil­dren/place their chil­dren in pri­vate schools for a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion.

So where is the equal­ity in all of this? This plan will be cre­at­ing a two class sys­tems -- the have and the have-nots -- and it starts here Doug Ford. So this is what the fu­ture prom­ises when you leave chil­dren be­hind.

I say pour your funds into the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem! Give our chil­dren the best start in life as pos­si­ble, the best op­por­tu­ni­ties in the short time that we have them. The re­wards of such an in­vest­ment will be im­mea­sur­able. Geraldine Fitz­patrick Bor­land, Lan­caster

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