Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saw This Coming: Full-day kindergarten forces teachers into 'crowd control' role

The union representing Toronto elementary school teachers has given the rollout of full-day kindergarten in Ontario a failing grade.

Introduced in 2010, the full-day kindergarten program has been implemented gradually in schools across the province. The goal was to make the program available to 265,000 four- and five-year-olds in around 3,600 schools at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

However, John Smith, the president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, says the union has been "inundated" with calls from teachers complaining about classroom conditions.

The issue isn't the program, which Smith says teachers support, but he's concerned that because of classrooms sizes they can't focus on teaching the curriculum, and have been handcuffed into "crowd control" roles.  (more...)

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