If you clicked on the web site of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) this previous week, you’d have been invited to hitch this yr’s Women’s March.
In reality, to actually fire up its 83,000 members, ETFO mentions U.S. President Donald Trump, Premier Doug Ford, hate and social justice all in the identical paragraph.
“Now that …the Ontario government wants to take equality backwards, women’s marches have been scheduled across Ontario,” the web site says.
There’s different nonsense on that homepage together with a media launch about ETFO’s authorized problem towards the Ford authorities’s alleged “mishandling” of the intercourse ed curriculum, claiming it has had a “chilling effect on teachers” and has “put students at risk.”
I’ll inform you what has put students in danger.
It is that this union’s single-minded give attention to social justice points which have completely nothing to do with a scholar’s capability to learn, write, add, subtract, multiply and divide correctly in order that their mother and father don’t have to spend numerous hours having them tutored outdoors of the classroom and we don’t should continuously witness younger cashiers struggling to make change or making an attempt to determine learn how to write a observe with out their SmartPhone.
If ETFO actually cared about students in danger, they’d be advocating for a curriculum that teaches and enforces correct respect in the direction of academics, directors and caretakers in elementary faculties the place, as I’ve identified in a collection of articles, the lunatics are operating the asylum.
Daily assaults on academics, bodily and verbal violence is rampant in lots of (not all) elementary faculties and as has been reported to me, typically the perpetrators are coddled as an alternative of being topic to strict penalties.
Of course the nutty social justice warriors on the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) — led by the champion of fairness education director John Malloy — have been infamous for making an attempt to dumb down the curriculum and for injecting much more mediocrity into Toronto lecture rooms.
It is because of this that I’ve not solely persistently supported standardized testing however the annual Fraser faculty rankings, that are based mostly on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized exams.
Sadly, even the EQAO checks have been dumbed down through the years. However they’re a leaping off level. So are the varsity rankings, which the unions hate, in fact, as a result of they imply not all faculties or educating strategies are created equal.
But I consider the idea that might actually drive academics, unions and faculty boards to up their recreation is faculty selection.
It’s lengthy overdue in Ontario.
I’m speaking about constitution faculties, lively in no less than 42 states and Washington, D.C. In the province of Alberta constitution faculties have been round since 2000 and there are presently 13 of them on the elementary and highschool ranges.
Funded by the province or the state, they function underneath a “charter” or efficiency contract — with particular achievement outcomes required — and are ruled by an unbiased board of trustees.
Besides providing up competitors to common public faculties and usually producing larger scholar achievement, academics unions are strongly towards them as a result of their academics are not unionized and they’re cheaper to function.
“These schools take the power out of teacher union hands and puts it into the hands of parents,” says education advisor Doretta Wilson.
Maureen Somers, former co-chair of the Coalition for Education Reform, says she coordinated Ontario’s first constitution faculty convention 18 years in the past and stays a “staunch advocate” for these public faculties of selection — which means mother and father can select the tax-funded faculty they need.
She stated apart from Alberta’s 13 constitution faculties, Wall Street hedge fund managers within the U.S. lobbied efficiently within the state legislature for constitution faculties.
Wilson stated faculty selection has been on her radar for many years and they need to be focused to particular must students, notably in high-risk neighbourhoods.
“When there’s competition everybody has to be better to attract people to your product,” Wilson stated.
“Parents are not paying taxpayer-funded public faculties to indoctrinate their youngsters, molding them into little social justice warriors programmed with a false narrative to be carried out into the world at giant,” provides Somers. “The graduates of the future will be given diplomas for mediocrity, illiteracy, and ignorance.”