I’m going to go further in clarifying the nature of this post, as this is a timely and sensitive issue, and misunderstandings can happen during unfortunate times.
My purpose in this post was to recognize a group of kids speaking up strongly for something that they believe in. I’ve said I’m proud of them for that, and I am. As politicians that’s what we say we want from people, and I commend all groups that do so, even when I don’t agree with their message. Many people have asked me advice on getting the attention of politicians, and I’ve answered them honestly.
I’m not passing any judgement on this process, though. I’ve said “there’s always room for improvement” but I like to think that that is my approach to all things.
This is public education and people are allowed to ask questions, and even scrutinize the system. Hopefully it is done in a constructive manner.
Students at Elphinstone Secondary School are hopping mad about a favourite teacher being “bumped” from his position. There are currently 506 members in the Facebook group “We Want Mr. Topping Back At Elphinstone!”
“Mr. Topping is one of those teachers that goes above and beyond the call of duty for the kids and has the respect of parents and students alike. Let’s show him our thanks and encouragement. Support one of our favourite teachers!”
In a nutshell, laid off teachers can “bump” other teachers based on seniority, if they have the qualifications.
I think it’s great the students are questioning the move of an obviously dedicated and respected teacher, even if their wrath is directed at the Board of Education. A group of passionate people speaking up, in an organized fashion, gets people thinking. Maybe Facebook will be the saviour of Democracy! Who woulda thunk it? I apologise for all the things I’ve said about you, Facebook.
Is this the best method of placing teachers? There are a lot of factors involved, but I say there’s always room for improvement. If you’re critical of the current system, what do you suggest?