- May 26, 2012 - 09:50
Ms. Hoskins has a very valid point. The needs of students in and entering the education system are higher than ever. How can their needs be met when slashing teacher allocation is one of governments priorities? Increasing teacher allocation should be more like it. Mr. Jackman shouldn't be too proud of his classroom caps. An average class size of 18 is wonderful in theory, but when half of that class needs instructional support services and a select few behavioral modification, then 18 seems more like 30. Also, where are these teaching opportunities Mr. Jackman speaks of? Has he crunched the number of recent graduates to the number of teaching opportunities available? Obviously not.
- May 26, 2012 - 08:34
As a teacher in an urban school, the class cap has not been maintained. We've had upwards of 28 in a primary classroom. With todays "Super Schools", which means we squeeze over 650 plus K- 6 students in schools built for half that enrollment, we are teaching children in classroom closets, where they also have to eat lunch, as cafeterias have been subdivided to create more classroom closets. Then we have reduced support services for children on pathways in our classrooms, because the allocation of time for our special education teachers goes to the most behaviorally challenged and physically challenged first, which may leave classroom support at 3 half hour periods every 7 days. Progression and integration at it's best! As a dedicated 27 year veteran to this profession, I have more children in my class with less than adequate basic skills, more behavioral challenged students, less home support for many of my students as parents are "too busy" to read to their children, do homework, and provide structured home environments. It has now become the school's responsibility to "handle" them for ten months, while trying to teach the curriculum to students, whom for the most part, are not ready to grasp the concepts due to lagging basic skills. I, for one, am glad I started teaching in the mid 80's. At least I felt like I was making a difference. My retirement notice will be submitted on time, if not earlier!