Larger class sizes should trouble parents
Dear Haliburton County Residents,
Since the Ford government took over, there have been a number of issues, directly impacting this area, which cause me great concern. The cancelling of all “green” initiatives eliminated a project which would have created employment and cost reduction to Dysart. The refusal to add the extra dollar an hour to the minimum wage assures we will remain one of the poorest counties in the province. The directive to caucus to not use the words “climate change” in writings or interviews is frighteningly anti-democratic. Thankfully, he was forced to back away from some of his slash and burn proposals regarding the environment but many remain on the table.
Ford’s view of education is even scarier. There was a huge backlash to his plan to cancel full-time JK/SK programming but his solution to saving money, without regard to our children, is to contemplate having larger classes. For years, research has suggested early childhood education is supremely important. Having taught classes of 29 and 30, I can attest to the fact that there are already too many little ones in a room, even with two teachers. The space is not adequate and the expectations are that the children will not only be kept safe and well behaved, but that they will absorb a “three R’s” curriculum which keeps growing. To put it in terms non-teachers might appreciate – if you were having a birthday party for 29 three-, four- and five-year-olds, how many adults would you like in the room? Smaller numbers are so important in primary grades.
Please write our MPP to raise your concern over JK/SK class size increases and any other issues that worry you.