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Thursday, November 3, 2011

If You Can't Teach, Teach Gym!

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Dear teachers, the union and the board, (note: I have many teacher close friends and relatives and was even a teacher once myself. I respect what you do, you work hard and I think you should get paid well for it. I get it. And now to the rant):

Working parents are tired. PD days, interviews, holidays, and snow days often leaves working parents anxiously scrambling to make arrangements. This month alone there are 2 PD days. What is so important on PD days that it cannot be done after or before school hours? Maybe such things could be learned during spring break at least, or in the summer?

And while we're at it: What about providing childcare for teacher interviews? Why can't the school hours be adjusted to reflect modern schedules (since we often no longer have the luxury of a stay at home parent)? Oh, and the school's deciding it can have snow days whenever it wants? Other provinces keep the schools open unless the metro buses cannot run. Because then they know that the parents themselves also cannot get to work. Closing the schools frequently during the winter does not realistically keep the children's safety in mind, since the children just end of having to go elsewhere and at the last minute.

Not all of us can stay home those days, and not all of us get paid for it if we do.

A less anxious parent means a happier child. Please, If you care about the children, let's renovate our school calendar.

Sincerely, —A Tired Hard Working Parent

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