Proposed Options for Change - General Comments

The following proposed options for change were provided by members of the public and are organized by date.  Comments have not been edited for spelling, punctuation, or grammar, but have been edited to remove personal information.

November 30, 2016

General 009:

Learning is not the responsibility of government. Government is responsible for our schools. Parents and the community are responsible for learning. Children learn how to learn and then learn to teach each other and themselves.

Conventional wisdom states that we learn in school. The message should be, we learn every single day of our lives. School is about community. It is about learning how to teach ourselves and understand our own learning process. Learning how to become involved and participating in something bigger. School is an introduction to diversity in skills, aptitudes and energy and the realization that a group of people of a similar age can vary in interests, strengths and challenges.

The Department of Education should be responsible for all publicly funded schooling; Early Childhood, Primary, Middle and Secondary School and advanced learning programs including Seniors College.

Primary and Middle School students should learn through grade teaching and subject teaching should start in Secondary School. Secondary School students should be able to choose either a Career Related Program or a Diploma Program. We need our children to respect and understand all types of skills and ways of learning.

Every school should have 2 floating teachers for every 100 students, these would be full-time positions. These teachers would be substitutes as needed, provide collaboration time for teachers, provide the support needed for mentorship/professional development and participate in in-class peer evaluations. This would improve classroom consistency as the teachers would be known to the students and allow for a higher standard of care in primary years. 

November 5, 2016

General 008:

I think early immersion should be cancelled.  The families that want early French can send the the kids to École François Buote .  This is the English school board and the students are floundering as evidenced by the provincial assessment.  The early immersion students are floundering as well. The resource allocation would be a boon.  Studies have shown students in late immersion catch up to their early immersion counterparts by high-school. 

November 3, 2016

General 007:

I have heard comments that perhaps some schools should be "strictly" French Immersion. I don't think this is a viable approach, as I feel that having the mix of English and French students enables more interactions for the students. As stated above, I think before the next round of consultations a maximum class size standard should be applied. This exercise should be about providing the best education for our students, and I firmly support closing/rezoning, but there is a tremendous opportunity (if this is not about staff reduction) to provide what is best for the students on PEI. This province is small enough that we should be able to properly resource education, and to take it one step further (which is not part of this exercise), I think the current government should be looking at the Quebec model where some post secondary is free for all students of that province. If this is truly about the students and not a cost saving measure. Thank you.

General 006:

I think it that the board should scrap the early immersion program.  We have a French program that needs students and the differences are not insurmountable.  The French school takes all students.

General 005:

Economic development plans for PEI have been focusing on immigration. What models of education appeal to Islanders and future Islanders? What if our schools used curricula/programming recognized around the world? Could our schools (K-12) be used to attract immigrant families? Would families and businesses relocate to PEI for our education system? International Baccalaureate has programs structured for children ages 3-19 and these programs exist in countries all over the world in a variety of languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, etc.).

Parents choose French Immersion with the understanding that there is an advantage for their child(ren). Parents have the right to choose and their choice may be indicative of a greater concern or issue. If a product is inferior the customer will tell you directly or by buying or choosing something else.

Traditionally, French Immersion was chosen by parents who were of higher socioeconomic status or if children were in the upper quartile of their class academically. Is that the same today or has there been a different shift?

Other program options may suit our children better. Should we look more closely at International Baccalaureate, specifically the Primary Year Program and Middle Years Program for the schools abandoned by the masses? Parents feel the options at those schools are inferior to the option of French Immersion, should we insist on something better? Parents have been choosing/voting for something different, something with more breadth/depth and I believe this should be discussed further.

Should our rural High Schools in close proximity to Charlottetown be considered for IB Diploma and Career-Related Programs?

Would parents in Stratford choose the school in Donagh if the school was IB PYP and MYP? Yes. Would parents send their children to Birchwood if the school offered IB MYP and DP/CRP? Yes. Would rezoning be as terrifying if the alternative was IB? No.

This could not be an immediate change. It would require strategy, planning and training.

November 2, 2016

General 004:

Given the assessment results for French Immersion, is the province wasting valuable resources offering French Immersion?

October 25, 2016

General 003:

Age of entry in the PEI school system:

9 years ago the age of entry was finally change to the age of 5 by September of the school year.  This age milestone must be met in order for students to enter school and it was based upon the work of the school board in finding reasonable cause of concern having children entering the school setting when they are not developmentally ready.  Reaching age 5 first, was an important standard to set.

 Is this something the government is considering looking at reintroducing?  The research shows time and time again the positive effects on learning when children have enough time with play based settings that are least structured than the school setting.  The number of students we see with ADHD is growing each year and many believe the early years ridged structure has a part to play in that.

October 20, 2016

General 002:

Economic development plans for PEI have been focusing on immigration. What models of education appeal to Islanders and future Islanders? What if our schools used curricula/programming recognized around the world? Could our schools (K-12) be used to attract immigrant families? Would families and businesses relocate to PEI for our education system? International Baccalaureate has programs structured for children ages 3-19 and these programs exist in countries all over the world in a variety of languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, etc.). 

Parents choose French Immersion with the understanding that there is an advantage for their child(ren). Parents have the right to choose and their choice may be indicative of a greater concern or issue. If a product is inferior the customer will tell you directly or by buying or choosing something else.

Traditionally, French Immersion was chosen by parents who were of higher socioeconomic status or if children were in the upper quartile of their class academically. Is that the same today or has there been a different shift? 

Other program options may suit our children better. Should we look more closely at International Baccalaureate, specifically the Primary Year Program and Middle Years Program for the schools abandoned by the masses? Parents feel the options at those schools are inferior to the option of French Immersion, should we insist on something better?  Parents have been choosing/voting for something different, something with more breadth/depth and I believe this should be discussed further. 

Should our rural High Schools in close proximity to Charlottetown be considered for IB Diploma and Career-Related Programs?

Would parents in Stratford choose the school in Donagh if the school was IB PYP and MYP? Yes. Would parents send their children to Birchwood if the school offered IB MYP and DP/CRP? Yes. Would rezoning be as terrifying if the alternative was IB? No.

This could not be an immediate change. It would require strategy, planning and training. 

October 13, 2016

General 001:

I have heard comments that perhaps some schools should be "strictly" French Immersion.  I don't think this is a viable approach, as I feel that having the mix of English and French students enables more interactions for the students.  As stated above, I think before the next round of consultations a maximum class size standard should be applied.  This exercise should be about providing the best education for our students, and I firmly support closing/rezoning, but there is a tremendous opportunity (if this is not about staff reduction) to provide what is best for the students on PEI. This province is small enough that we should be able to properly resource education, and to take it one step further (which is not part of this exercise), I think the current government should be looking at the Quebec model where some post secondary is free for all students of that province.  If this is truly about the students and not a cost saving measure.  Thank you.

Published date: 
October 17, 2016
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