Listening to someone who couldn't hack high school, let alone university (twice, once for undergrad, and again for teacher's college) crying about how little teachers do is like listening to the guy who thinks he can play hockey but can barely skate going on about how he could have gone pro. That doesn't stop ignorant, lazy people from making noise though.
|Ontario: top 3 in the world, midpack in cost -|
best bang for the buck in education in the world!
If you don't believe me, believe the freaking UN!
Ontario's education system is truly world class, to the point where it is copied around the world. If you go to an international school there is a very good chance that it will be running the Ontario K to 12 curriculum. Private schools copy our public school system, it's that awesome. If we were building cars, they would be the best in the world, they'd be selling like hotcakes, no one would think to question what we were doing.
So here we are, dealing with a Minister of Education who has never actually worked in Education - ever, a government that is more interested in poll numbers than in resolving serious issues and getting everyone back to work, and it's all happening while Ontario Education is the envy of the world. Trying to negotiate in this environment makes very little sense. It makes me long for the private sector where things made sense.
We threw money at GM so they could stop making crappy cars and become solvent. We threw money at banks that had purchased bad loans. If private businesses make bad choices, we cripple ourselves financially to support them.
However, if we create excellence we bitterly attack it, demean it and then use it for shabby political ends. It's not hard to see why Ontario is going down the toilet. We don't even recognize and protect excellence any more. And when we've let ignorant (dare I say stupid?) loud mouths vent their frustrations at their own failures by blaming teachers for their own short comings while at school, we're left with a demoralized education system... hardly the kind of place that can compete successfully on the global stage.
The poor right winger: what you get when laziness and greed replace industry and reward
All Hands on Deck: when politics dictate economics
Death of Vision: where our leadership went
Educational Maelstroms: what it's like to hear the negativity
Surfed PISA lately?: How fantastic our Ed system is!