Jamil Jivani: Despite the problems of wokeism in the classroom, teachers deserve our thanks

Teaching was considered a thankless task before COVID, but there is still much to do

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Another difficult school year is over. Now is the time to show some appreciation for the teachers who helped Canadian children survive the epidemic, including school closures and other difficult learning challenges created by government policies.

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Teaching was considered a thankless task before COVID, but there is still much to do. Last school year, Ontario faced it shortage of teachers as well as Alberta Teachers Association Survey found that more than a third of Alberta teachers are considering leaving the profession or their provinces.

It is not hard to see why teachers all over Canada do not feel like they are being pushed to their limits. Work has changed dramatically over the past two years. Uncertainty about whether schools will reopen and become secure has become a major issue. Practicing remote reading was difficult for students and teachers alike.

Canadian parents have appropriate and important criticism of the state of education in our country. Unfortunately, such criticism is often misinterpreted by teachers, who act as the true face of the public school system. Teachers are the ones who work with families, but the policies that build that connection are created by school board administrators, provincial officials and elected officials who may never set foot in the classroom.

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Response to a social media activist known as “TikTok songs”Show how teachers receive critical attention. TikTok Libs focuses on sharing disturbing videos made by teachers in the United States, but has also posted a series of disturbing reports about Canada, too.

Such reports include: “Canadian schools tell students that 18-month-olds can tell if they are not transgender,” “Canadian health center has an ‘twerkshop’ for ALL YEARS to teach people how to do twerk” and “in between” Waterloo Region District School Board) this week, a teacher reads an inappropriate letter received by elementary school students and closes the chair. ”

TikTok Libs has more than a million followers on Twitter alone, and has drawn the attention of social media to hundreds of rival teachers. This attention to the small number of teachers, however, exacerbates mistrust of the majority, who have nothing to do with the post on TikTok.

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People who make education policies are rarely seen online. Effectively, that means that some teachers lose their jobs over quarrels, while bosses and officials who allow insanity are left to work in the shadows. Elected officials are rarely made to answer questions about why the ideas raised have such an impact on our schools.

In an ever-increasing issue of learning-related learning disabilities, teachers have been left to fend for themselves. There has never been a proper location data that contributes to policy making, meaning teachers do not receive adequate support from school boards because no one can really measure the extent of the problem.

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Ironically, the best research available comes from other countries, such as the United States. A the latest article published in Atlantic has revealed some of the most current information. In it, authors Meira Levinson and Daniel Markovits note, “Even in schools that closed only in the spring of 2020 and reopened less than the following autumn, students for a full year later had about two months left in their regular classes. . And when schools remain closed for a long time, students fall far short, and the poorest students lose the most. ”

The story concludes, “The disruption caused by the epidemic in the lives of American children has no history; the damage done by this disturbance to them, taken all together, is equally great. Our response must be high. ”

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If school closures are seriously hurting American children, consider what is happening to children in Ontario. Under Education Minister Stephen Lecce, Canada’s most populous province closed schools for a long time in a different way. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table noted January 2022 that, “Ontario schools have been closed for 27+ weeks from March 2020, longer than in any other part of Canada and most European countries.”

A Cardus research report estimates that the figure was over a total of 29 weeks when the children returned to school without interruption. By comparison, by May 2021, the average American student had been out of the classroom for 65 days. In Ontario, it was 140 days leaving school at that time of the epidemic.

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Ontario is also the site of the next important Canadian dialogue with the teachers’ unions. And it will be a good opportunity to measure how much Canadians value teachers as much as they should.

When the time comes, we should talk about capping class sizes so that teachers can give students the attention they deserve. We must ensure that negotiations are not held by administrators and officials who push for vigilance in schools. Perhaps above all, it would be good to see elected officials finally respond to what has happened in the education system over the past two years.

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