Warning! This post has nothing to do with minimalist living!
Now I cannot speak to the state of the education system in other parts of North America. I can only comment on the state of things with schools and the education system here in Nova Scotia.
It seems to be a sad state of affairs. The provincial government cut funding a few months ago which meant that school boards around the province had to adjust programming and cut staff.
Now the government has done an about face and says it will hire 45 new lower elementary teachers as the average class size is too large.
Funny how this happens when there is a provincial spring election looming.
There are provincial exams at the high school level for certain subjects. Math for example. All grade 12 students write the same exam. The pass rate last year was 54%. This despite the fact that different initiatives have been implemented at various grade levels over the past number of years to try and boost these results.
So next year there will be no exam. Hey the results suck so let’s just not look at the results any more.
There are teachers teaching subjects that they are probably not qualified for.
School is boring and despite this students do excel.
Something like 80% of ADD and ADHD diagnosed students are boys. And this is suggested to parents by the female elementary teachers. Hmmm. Something is not quite right with this. Boys need to be able to be boys.
Are schools actually preparing students for the real world. I doubt it. Just get them through and maybe off to university or community college.
In a recent Canadian survey of parents managing a household budget was the top choice of respondents who were asked what children should be learning in school. Significant numbers also opted for learning the definition of a recession and learning how to cook a meal.
Hey I am not saying that Shakespeare isn’t important but maybe it could be placed a bit lower on the curriculum. Maybe.
And here is my biggest rant.
A lot of teachers are bullies. They belittle and yell at students. For no good reason. How can making a student cry be considered acceptable behavior. And yet if you were to go to the school and question the administration about these behaviors you would be told that is does not happen.
Funny how we hear a lot about anti-bullying campaigns in regards to students and even among co-workers in the work place, but what about bullying from a teacher to a student.
Teachers would not accept this type of behavior in students and yet they commit bullying against students almost every day.
There are good teachers out there. Just not enough of them.
Anyway this is just my rant for the day. Feel free to comment. Thanks