Every Canadian parent needs to read this and do whatever possible to stop the latest attempt to Dumb Down our Children’s Education. The vote to change is taking place on September 25, 2012.
Imagine if students in Quebec were told that there would be a lottery system for them to learn English. Even if students were lucky enough to gain admittance to an English Immersion school, the English instruction would drop from 85% to 50% for every student. There would be outrage! But this is exactly what the Peel board is trying to do to their elementary school French immersion program.
At a meeting on September 11, the elementary French Immersion Review Committee proposed 21 recommendations to handle the lack of “qualified staff” to teach French immersion and extended French programs.
Effective September 2013 the board plans to implement 50% daily instructional time in French for grades 1 to 8. This is lower than anywhere in Canada. Should families relocate to anywhere out of the Peel district their children will not be able to continue with French Immersion because they will be below the standard of children everywhere else in Canada!
There is also a planned enrolment cap on all grade one elementary French Immersion Peel programs effective September 2013.
This is completely unacceptable in a bilingual country. There has to be another solution to the shortage of qualified teachers. This is an easy out for the teacher’s board that is dumbing down our education system. If the Peel Board is allowed to get away with this, there is no telling what will come next for boards across Canada. Other French Immersion programs will surely be on the chopping block. Will they propose to make math classes a lottery because there are not enough teachers who know how to add and subtract?
If there are not enough qualified French speaking teachers in a bilingual country, maybe that’s a sign that we should make every attempt possible to ensure that we will have more French-speaking Canadians in the future.
This is not just a problem for French Immersion parents in the Peel district. It is a problem for every parent in Canada who wants to see that cut backs do not happen to our children’s education.
Regardless of where you live, we cannot let the school board get away with taking away the right of every Canadian child to learn both English and French.