http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/education/article/1273893--education-minister-decries-elementary-teachers-move-to-minimize-report-card-comments

A move by Ontario elementary teachers to minimize comments on report cards has sparked waves of political comment, with Education Minister Laurel Broten giving the idea an F, while the teachers’ union claimed it’s playing by the rules…. Broten admitted the government has no power to stop the pressure tactic because teachers who follow it are within the law as long as they enter some sort of comment…

Read more: Teachers to complete reports legally – but as always, on their own time
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago by YinYang #62
Cambrian wrote:

You forgot to add the cumulative effect of an average 30 year career, which would make the total unpaid hours for reporting alone at 5,400 hours (and don't get ME going about all the volunteering hours for extra-curricular as well!) If we were even just paid a minimum wage of $10/hr that would be $54,000.00 overtime pay for reporting.



$10/hr for writing report cards is a very serious devaluation of the service teachers provide. Some people think that teachers are overpaid, but my plumber just billed me at $50/hr to install toilets and my mechanic bills me at $80.00/hr to work on my vehicle.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago by Cambrian #60
Chameleon wrote:
On average it takes me about 60 hours to complete each set of reports.

That would be 60 UNPAID hours x 3 reporting periods = 180 total UNPAID hours.


You forgot to add the cumulative effect of an average 30 year career, which would make the total unpaid hours for reporting alone at 5,400 hours (and don't get ME going about all the volunteering hours for extra-curricular as well!) If we were even just paid a minimum wage of $10/hr that would be $54,000.00 overtime pay for reporting.

Wake up ETFO people. Slavery ended a very long time ago!
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago by Cambrian #59
There has always been a huge inequity between OSSTF and ETFO in terms of the amount of work for reporting. This is ETFO's golden opportunity to reduce the gap between the two unions on this workload issue.

You will notice that there has been NO chastising of OSSTF by the Minister in the media for them not complying with the Growing Success document. Why are Minister Broten and Tim Hudak not insisting that OSSTF members write "paragraphs"??? because they never have!!!

This is an example of a secondary comment for Grade 10 Science exerpted from 'Reporting Student Learning - Guidelines for Effective Teacher-Parent-Student Communication' (2010):

"Petra needs to check her understanding of facts and concepts ar regular points as she is learning, and to take steps to clear up difficulties - for example, by attending lunch-time tutorials or making use of the interactive software we have in the classroom. At home, you could ask Petra to tell you about what she is learning and how she is checking her understanding."

I have never, ever seen a paragraph comment like this on my kid's high school report.

http://m.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1267778--let-s-unplug-the-digital-classroom

Professor Doug Mann, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario writes:  The use of digital technology in higher education has promoted ignorance, not knowledge, and severely degraded basic reading, writing and thinking skills….The real question is how computers, smartphones and iPods are used, and whether these uses contribute anything to the main goal of higher education: to improve students’ minds and characters by helping them to learn facts, debate ideas and understand the world better. The answer, for the most part, is no — study after study shows that digital technology has dumbed down higher education….

Read more: Is Apple/Microsoft digital propaganda dumbing down our kids?

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/05/physician-group-adds-weight-to-warnings-of-wi-fi-in-schools

http://aaemonline.org/wifischool.html

Schools should not install wireless Internet systems because the technology is linked to learning disabilities, headaches and immune system deficiencies, according to an international association of physicians.

Read more: Physicians warn about wifi in schools
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago by YinYang #53
In the Toronto Sun poll, 60% of respondents said NO to wifi in schools.

Most teachers in my school are not using wifi to access the internet for their lessons, but yet the routers are turned on 24/7. This does not make sense!
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago by Cambrian #52
So Cthinker, you are saying students can be exposed to 300% more radiation from wifi right in their classrooms than they can legally be exposed to from a cell tower?

Why are school boards not measuring these levels? Why do parents not know about this? Where can I get this meter and measure my class for myself?
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago by YinYang #51
Actually, Terence Young Conservative MP for Oakville has now called for a review of Safety Code 6 in response to the telecom industry erecting 14.9 m cell towers right where people live, which are just under the legal guidelines of 15 m. openparliament.ca/politicians/terence-young/ People are waking up to the surprise of their lives with these shorter versions of cell towers right next to their homes. SC6 predates wifi and therefore it cannot govern this new technology. thermoguy.com/blog/index.php?itemid=103

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Volunteering+price/7287983/story.html

Teachers sign contracts to teach - they do not sign contracts to take on coaching jobs….The major problem is that teachers have volunteered their services for decades, often with little thanks and no pay…. Anything that happens for decades, eventually gets taken for granted, as is the case with the extra services provided by teachers….The simple inescapable fact is that you can't use one group like the teachers as a means of solving bad financial decisions by the [McGuinty government], and stop their right to bargain, and expect that those same teachers will volunteer free hours of their time.

Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago by Cambrian #48
Community members and parents volunteer in schools all the time and we are so thankful for the extra help that they give our students. We always make sure that their help is gratefully acknowledged. Would we ever publically humiliate and chastise these people who have volunteered in our classrooms if they decided that they were no longer able to commit their time to help? Never, never, never! But this is exactly what has happened to Ontario teachers who have volunteered millions of unpaid hours.

Please sign this PETITION.

Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten: Resign or apologize, for misrepresenting Ontario teachers https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/ontario-education-minister-laurel-broten-resign-or-apologize-for-misrepresenting-ontario-teachers

Read more: Broten has created toxic work environment by vilifying teachers
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago by YinYang #38
Politician’s political agendas seldom serve the public they are voted in to serve and the media gleefully spins semantic rhetoric causing mass confusion, angst, and anger in the public who do not know all the facts. These negative public emotions are then focussed – unjustifiably at the target group. Today the teachers are bullied, but tomorrow the rest of Ontario workers will become the targets, if teachers are not successful in having Bill 115 repealed.

Shame on the Ontario Government for its draconian, autocratic attempt to over-write Ontario Labour Law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and to refuse Ontario citizens’ the right of access to the Supreme Court with Bill 115.

Canada is not a dictatorship. Canada IS a democracy and this will be so evident with the next election.

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