A retrospective look at our school system.
All in all the Canadian public school system does a fairly decent job comparatively speaking.
However I personally have major issues with it.
Teachers in Canada are becoming more and more politicized and unionism is, in my view, a completely political agenda.
Kids as early as grade three are bringing home schoolwork that is skewed to reflect; environmentalism, unionism (and its twin sister socialism), antidevelopment agendas, social activism, indigenous peoples agendas, community planning issues, family planning issues, foreign policy issues and a host of others.
The reality is, it can be very subtle and it may be societally necessary but it’s political as hell.
And just who are these teachers anyway?
Well like the most of the rest of us they fill a broad spectrum.
Some teachers are excellent, most are average and some are terrible.
But education wise teachers are generally understood to be lacking on the higher education circuit.
Its one thing to sneer at geologists as failed engineers who couldn’t hack thermodynamics.
But a bog standard, middle of the road, BA in Education? Sorry to be a **** about it but the reality is, its one up from basket weaving.
People who specialize in Philosophy or Library Sciences are tackling a far, far tougher road.
Having said that there are some very good teachers out there. Teaching is both a skill and an art.
At this point I should admit my wife is/was a teacher.
Full ride scholarship.
Teaching High School at 23.
Quit teaching school High School and moved on at 27.
Recently retired from a senior position at a research university.
She will defend individual teachers to the end.
And has nothing but scorn for CUPE and CTF’s political agendas.
So in my view it falls to the parents to instill responsibilities and work ethics in their children.
Do not let teachers define your children’s goals, ethics or beliefs.
If you can afford to send them to private school, do it.
If the local Catholic school is superior to the local public schools… send them there.
If you live in a city and you can bus them to a better school, do it.