Concerned for our education system
I am a teacher nearing the end of a long career. I have seen a lot over the years. I may be a different kind of teacher because I am seeing and can admit to the many problems with our education system. I applaud the author of the opinion piece “Problem solving skills will come in handy.” It’s about time real education issues have received some space in this paper, and the author’s points were outstanding. I would like to mention that grad rates have always been a major selling point for governments of all stripes. Sadly, our grad rates have improved because standards and expectations have been severely reduced. Also in a recent paper was an article on the Continuous Improvement Plan, or simply an essay on the latest edu-speak. I chuckled at the last five bullets referring to what students said. It’s ironic that students used the exact educational buzz words that the educational establishment has been pushing for many years. All is far from well in education. It won’t get better until we can admit and work to implement real changes. That starts with the provincial government. Band-aid solutions like Continuous Improvement will do little to alleviate the real problems in our schools. How will we gauge whether Continuous Improvement is doing any good? Anyways, I’m thankful to Sound Off for allowing me to share my views. I know many people dislike anonymity, but as a teacher, I’m not allowed to say what I really feel about topics such as Continuous Improvement and the education system in general.
How is that working or you?
Regarding the Sound Off, “Do The Math ... At Home,” what do you think you’re getting paid the big bucks for? To teach properly and that includes mathematics. How is it working for you so far teaching the way you are, take a look around you.
No wonder kids doing so poorly
I can’t believe someone wrote that there are more important things to teach in school than math? The important things you list can be taught at home — math has always been a part of school. And we have teachers who think this way teaching the kids of today ... it’s no wonder most of them can’t even multiply, divide, subtract or add.
Nurses with ‘magic 80’ should retire
In view of wage freeze for nurses ... all nurses who have their “magic 80” should retire immediately. You can work full time, draw your pension and save a bundle toward your full retirement. Win-win for you. Trust an unappreciated but happily retired Manitoba nurse!