To the Editor,
Re: Education model requires change, Opinion, Sept. 9.
In my call for changes to the delivery of public education published by Vancouver Island newspapers in September, I challenged governance, parents, and educators to make major changes. For without change we will be heading to the next contract, five years away fighting the same battles, using the same strategies, resulting in a dissatisfied clientele, our students. Does the public served by public education need or want another strike/lockout and further disruption?
I urge the public to attend trustee candidate forums in your area. Demand of the candidates what change initiatives they will propose and support.
Topics and responses should reference: special needs strategies, appropriate funding and use of allotted funds, relationship building, curriculum modernization to meet 21st-century opportunities, trades training, school year alternatives and accountability by all in the system.
It is your responsibility to choose those who want to advance public education and to reject the status quo.
If we do things the way we have always done them public education will continue to be dysfunctional and bleed more students to private and independent schools.
Ron Dalevia e-mail