When you clicked on the web site of the Elementary Academics Federation of Ontario (ETFO) this previous week, you’d have been invited to hitch this yr’s Girls’s March.
In truth, 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 authorities desires to take equality backwards, girls’s marches have been scheduled throughout 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 impact on academics” and has “put college students in danger.”
I’ll let you know what has put college students in danger.
It’s this union’s single-minded give attention to social justice points which have completely nothing to do with a pupil’s potential 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 exterior of the classroom and we don’t need to always witness younger cashiers struggling to make change or attempting to determine the way to write a notice with out their SmartPhone.
If ETFO actually cared about college 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.
Day by day assaults on academics, bodily and verbal violence is rampant in lots of (not all) elementary faculties and as has been reported to me, usually the perpetrators are coddled as a substitute of being topic to strict penalties.
In fact the nutty social justice warriors on the Toronto District Faculty Board (TDSB) — led by the champion of fairness schooling director John Malloy — have been infamous for attempting to dumb down the curriculum and for injecting much more mediocrity into Toronto school rooms.
It is for that reason that I’ve not solely persistently supported standardized testing however the annual Fraser college rankings, that are based mostly on the Schooling High quality and Accountability Workplace (EQAO) standardized exams.
Sadly, even the EQAO exams have been dumbed down over time. Nonetheless they’re a leaping off level. So are the college rankings, which the unions hate, in fact, as a result of they imply not all faculties or educating strategies are created equal.
However I imagine the idea that may actually power academics, unions and college boards to up their recreation is college selection.
It’s lengthy overdue in Ontario.
I’m speaking about constitution faculties, lively in at the least 42 states and Washington, D.C. Within 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 “constitution” or efficiency contract — with particular achievement outcomes required — and are ruled by an unbiased board of trustees.
Moreover providing up competitors to common public faculties and usually producing increased pupil achievement, academics unions are strongly towards them as a result of their academics are usually not unionized and they’re cheaper to function.
“These faculties take the ability out of trainer union palms and places it into the palms of oldsters,” says schooling marketing consultant Doretta Wilson.
Maureen Somers, former co-chair of the Coalition for Schooling Reform, says she coordinated Ontario’s first constitution college convention 18 years in the past and stays a “staunch advocate” for these public faculties of selection — that means mother and father can select the tax-funded college they need.
She stated in addition to Alberta’s 13 constitution faculties, Wall Avenue hedge fund managers within the U.S. lobbied efficiently within the state legislature for constitution faculties.
Wilson stated college selection has been on her radar for many years and they need to be focused to particular must college students, notably in high-risk neighbourhoods.
“When there’s competitors all people must be higher to draw folks to your product,” Wilson stated.
“Mother and father are usually 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 long run shall be given diplomas for mediocrity, illiteracy, and ignorance.”