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Stop the hypocrisy

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM


“It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good”. The recent Pembroke Hall High School incident must be seen as a teaching moment. The teacher’s behaviour is deplorable, out of place and inexcusable. BUT instead of condemning her, those responsible for education must look at the positives that can result.

This is not the first or last of such happenings, nor is it the worst. Many persons who are shaking their heads and asking how could a teacher behave in such a manner would die from shock if they were to hear some exchanges that take place between teacher and student on a daily basis across all levels.

Teachers and students ‘lose it’ from time to time because of the many failings in the system. Schools are under-resourced, students are demotivated, teachers are inadequately prepared, parents have abandoned their responsibilities, principals are tasked with too many non-core duties, school boards lack empowerment, and the Ministry of Education is in dire need of the figurative surgeon’s knife.

So let’s put aside the hypocrisy and cheap talk and begin, once and for all, to fix the ramshackle system that is responsible for teachers’ frustration and students’ indiscipline.