Friday Two Cents: Teachers Have Families Too



Within the past week and a half we have seen two teachers’ association advise their members about extracurricular activities in Ontario, Canada. The high school teachers were advised to resume extracurricular activities and the elementary school teachers where not.  Which one of them was right and which was wrong?

If you ask the parents and the government the high school teachers where right.  That they are thinking about the children, that they did the right thing.  Alternately the elementary teachers are selfish and only think about themselves and not the children.  My opinion, the high school teachers are fools.

Now many of you will probably disagree with me, however I say, you never give up your only option in a negotiation for nothing.  Not participating in extracurricular activities was their only leverage to try to get something out of this messy labour situation, that the government started.  They showed that they are weak and can easily be taken advantage of.

If you think I’m exaggerating, 4 days after they announced they could resume extracurricular activities, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) proposed to cut +100 high school teaching positions.  So much for them being nice towards the government and parents.  I wonder where the parents will be when the teachers are laid off and they need jobs.  That’s right, they will be at Johnny’s or Susan’s extracurricular activity.  They don’t care, as long as their kids get what they want.

I applaud the stance the elementary teacher’s association took.  If you want the extracurricular activities back, offer me something for them.  If you think that I am selfish and only thinking about myself I say, I am thinking about the kids.  In today’s society you must work for what ever you want and nothing, nothing in this world is free everyone knows that.  That’s a real life lesson the children need to learn because it appears that the parents and government have not.

If the parents and the government want the extracurricular activities, they have to offer a compensation for the extra time the teachers are putting. Yes extra time.  An extracurricular activity is VOLUNTEER time.  But parents and government want this as part of their job.  Sorry to bust your bubble folks, but they are not.  Teachers are paid to teacher the three R’s, not extracurricular activities.  If you want to make them mandatory, then you have to pay them for their time.  Oh remember this part, their time with Johnny or Susan is time away from their families.

Yes teachers have families to think about too.  That’s right Johnny’s mom, the teacher that is supervising you child’s dance, prom, club, baseball game or homework club has a family.  Maybe even kids.  If the teacher is not with their child but with yours shouldn’t they be compensated?  How about we start with an easy first step of compensation, which the parents and government can do.  How about, Respect.  I think they have earned at least that much.



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