We Pretend to teach ’em, they pretend to learn

Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail writes about education and some of the current problems it faces.

Post-secondary educators are irritated with the lack of preparation they see in the students they are getting. This is probably true and yet post-secondary has many important issues of their own to deal with as well. Secondary school education has been pushed and prodded by the province to increase pass and graduation rates and has rammed policies into place to ensure it happens.

There needs to be some serious reform and backlash on these issues by all stakeholders which include students, parents, secondary school staff, school boards and the government. It is high time that academic and behavioural standards were reintroduced. Secondary staff are chomping at the bit to have proper standards again, as are parents.

We pretend to teach ’em, they pretend to learn

This CBC News: Sunday clip covers the same topic and is well worth watching. The panel fingers government policy in secondary education as the root cause of the problem. Parents need to start showing tough love and secondary schools need to be allowed to reinforce this tough love.

It seems that a critical mass or tipping point (I know, I know) is being reached where enough people are becoming aware and/or interested in this situation that real change just might be possible. It is overdue and absolutely paramount.

Examining the Modern Student

“As exam time arrives for university students around the country, an online survey of university professors and librarians show more than half of them believe students are less prepared for university than just three years ago. If true, how can we better prepare our young people for school and, later, for life? We ask Kathleen McCabe, principal at the Etobicoke School of the Arts; Dax Urbszat, a psychology lecturer at the University of Toronto; and Jennifer Kolari, author of “Connected Parenting: Transform your Challenging Child and Build Loving Bonds for Life.”

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~ by notrous on April 19, 2009.

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