— Chris McArady
— Chris McArady
I think we need to make the education system competitive so that parents who choose to send their kids to private school and not public school shouldn't have to make that decision because of money but rather because the school meets their needs. We all pay taxes to support the education system, it needs to be fairer so that parents have the right to choose a better school — whether it be public or private — so those who choose private schools they should receive the same level of per child funding as public schools and parents can make up the excess. Right now our school gets $1,000 per child whereas the public school is given 5 to 7 times that amount per child plus they get a completely built school. Our school has a waiting list that is longer than the number of kids in the school — tells you one thing, the school is in demand. Why? Because the year my daughter graduated, the graduating class of 104 kids received over $3 million in scholarships and were accepted at over 300 universities all over the world and 102 of them went directly to post-secondary schools. The other two went to Africa to help and are now in school.
Enrolment rose 30 per cent after 2011-12’s teacher job action and the school looked for a new building for its 125 students.
— Rodney King
— Rita Pape
This is a success story, but not thanks to the public system but to the support he received from us, his parents. I feel so bad for parents who cannot afford to put their children in private schools or get them tutors to receive the help they need.
The bottom line is there is not enough funding in the public schools and class size and composition makes a huge difference for these children. There are so many that fall into that grey area, which is not allotted any funding. I also think that the universities need to start changing the programs for people who want to become teachers as they get next to no training on how to educate these children in different ways.
I do not know what the answer is, but children leaving high school who cannot read or write properly as they fall through the cracks should be a disgrace to any government in this day and age.
— A mom
— Dwight Yochim
Look at the news on every subject it's reactive and opportunistic for politics. Our governance is not good. Free enterprise hasn't been real for a long time in BC — its BC government married to corporate lobby. The very first thing Adrian Dix must do is show good faith and pass the law on donations. The federal model is pretty good — I do no believe taxpayers would mind paying reasonable points to parties to get the influence away from politics. The lobbying must be redone — I can help here. We need to reconnect government to people — education must be seriously reconsidered not brokered with any group or interest. A teacher with no math background should not be teaching grade 10 math — because that's all they got in that school for that subject. We need to go from 5/10 to 10/10 in 3 years in conjunction with skills training and not that stupid deal from Harper's government with business in the mix. Get the cost of student loans down — get rid of them if you must — and increase the charges to foreign students. Grow your own first.
— Glen P. Robbins