Tests have some educational benefits

Please don’t try to convince the public your message is about improving learning for children, or you would be supporting this testing.

To the Editor,

The teachers’ union decries the Foundation Skills Assessment testing by taking out a one-third page ad in the newspaper to encourage parents to withdraw their child from the testing?

How could preparing for, and taking a foundation skills test be a waste of time?

Please don’t try to convince the thinking public that your message is about improving learning for children, or you would be supporting this testing. Clearly, your motives are to undermine anything that leads to an assessment of teachers’ performance, and any comparisons with private schooling.

I think the money for your expensive ad would be better used in a constructive manner, by working with the Ministry of Education exploring ways to improve our children’s education and test results.

Murray DuncansonNanaimo