Choice for students simply doesn’t exist

Re: Future of secondary schools discussion back on front burner, June 14.

To the Editor,

Re: Future of secondary schools discussion back on front burner, June 14.

Offering a broad array of programs sounds like the right approach for trustees to take.  Pursuing this goal and creating specialty schools also legitimizes the underfunding of public education.

Teachers agree that students should have the opportunity to take part in a broad-based educational program. Teachers also believe that students from every neighbourhood should have this opportunity.

The only ‘choice’ for most students in Nanaimo is attending their neighbourhood school.  Trustees have to advocate for all students in the district – not just those who are able to access the choices.

Kip Wood

First vice-president, Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association