Monday, many students, and parents stood on the streets carrying signs of supporting their teachers. The one-day classroom shut out was teacher’s way of raising their voices of concern to the Nova Scotia government. Less than a two years ago a similar job walkout took place in Ontario. Even from my early academic years all the way through to university, there was always some disagreement between teachers and the government in regards to contract negotiations or work demands. While the faces being affected have changed over the years, the issue is still the same that it is no wonder why teachers are in constant battle for changes in the classroom.
The opinion will always vary in regards to the education system, but the one thing that has always been the same and needs to change now is the classroom sizes. As Canada continues to grow and majors cities are blowing up their skylines with condominium and housing developments this cause for an increase of students in schools or the need to develop new schools. Although it is easier to simply add an extra chair in the classroom many do not realize the long-term effects this has on the students. Increase classroom sizes means:
NO TIME FOR DETAIL
Teachers have less time spent with students, not permitting them enough time or opportunity to help and assist students on a one on one basis. As a results this can lead to a student not developing a deep understanding of information which may have bigger implications later on. Recent math reports indicated that many students are struggling in math. In many cases, this is the result of students not developing a deep understanding of basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). As the saying goes, measure ten times so you only have to cut once.
Personally, I believe the word “inclusive” can be thrown around as a means to portray this good image without actually doing a good deed. Larger classroom rooms make it challenging for teachers to teach to the various learner styles. There is a wide range of learning styles that extend far beyond auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learners that it presents a challenge to create a lesson plan that will help foster each student's learning.
A CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND
Have you ever tried to make one trip and carry too many times in your arms at once, it doesn’t matter how hard you try something will fall or won't be supported fully. Learning is essentially building knowledge on top of knowledge. When we do not take the time to help students one on one or create an environment that foster and encourages learning among students, someone is bound to get left behind. Sadly, this is where many students with special needs fall through the cracks and drift through the system.
At the end of the day, everything comes down to money. From a higher perspective, I believe there is a better financial decision that could be made by the government that can help eliminate and reduce some of the reoccurring issues in the education system. Every student has the ability to achieve their full potential of success. It is the time that the government realizes this and works with teachers to support and create positive environments for students.