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much enjoyed Teaching With Passion.There were great ideas to incorporate
into the classroom. I did have one problem with the article. Mary Borys
says she spends up to $1,500 a year on her classroom. "These are
financially difficult times for school boards, I know that. My classroom
has to be an ideal learning environment and my students require books
and toys and art materials that aren't in the budget. They need these
things to learn best and it is my job to ensure they're available."
Teachers' Spending Gives Wrong Idea
up the September issue with hopes of some fresh ideas for teaching language
in your profile of "exemplary teacher" Mary Borys. However,
I became absolutely incensed at your blatant endorsement of the idea that
teachers "spend up to $1,500 a year on teaching and learning materials
not provided for under the present funding formula." Is it not enough
that some of us have spent hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars already
pursuing AQ courses, Specialists, conferences and/or graduate studies?
Salaries for Tech Teachers
I was very
glad to see this issue being raised. However, I don't feel that the article
truly exposed the problem to the degree it deserves. The area of salary
is the most crucial and received less than two sentences.
Tech Situation Even More Dire in North
of tech teachers in Ontario has been looming for many years and for many
reasons. As the repercussions of cutbacks reverberate throughout the education
system and our economy, tech teachers scramble to save their programs
and their jobs. Cutbacks in schools usually guarantee losses in tech programs.
"Dirty" Tech Courses Treated as Second Class
technological education is now thought to consist of computer-based courses
that take place in carpeted facilities with the latest in electronic gadgets
at every student's fingertips. The reality is that while almost all Tech
courses utilize computerized equipment as a valuable tool, the "dirty"
tech courses continue to be treated as second class offerings.
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