JERRY AGAR

Teachers break a promise

Posted By: Jerry Agar · 1/21/2013 8:52:00 PM

Teachers have broken their promise to students, that is the lesson learned this year.

At the beginning of the year many students tried out for sports teams and auditioned for parts in musicals, plays, orchestras and bands. Those who were successful looked forward to another great school year affording more than just reading, writing and arithmetic.

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  1. John posted on 01/22/2013 01:40 PM
    Thinking like an ASS, Writing like an ASS, and talking like an ASS, achieves only one thing - defining you as an ASS.

    Gerry you argue that you have an informed opinion while in fact you time and time again dismiss out of hand those who provide you with evidence to the contrary.
    1. Kevin in Taxoronto posted on 01/23/2013 11:39 AM
      @John The Teachers should take a look in the mirror. So should you.
    2. Roger posted on 01/24/2013 11:45 AM
      @John John, are you serious? Dalton gave these people EVERYTHING they wanted for years, and as soon as he figured out that that was not sustainable, wow look at the temper tantrum. If the extra-curricular activities are indeed extra-curricular and 'volunteer', then let non teachers provide that role if teachers themselves are not interested. I am dumbfounded as to how the Union can mandate what a person does with their personal 'volunteer' time, or is it volunteer. If it isn't volunteer, then do the job. Don't whine to me about preparation time and so on, try and find a teacher at school before 8:30am or after 3:30pm. Try working 8-5, there you will find time to prepare, mark papers, do report cards, what a thought? While there are many teachers that feel teaching is their calling, there are just as many that are attracted to the hours worked, vacation time, benefits and pension. Many teachers have only a BA (aka to a Ph.D. in basket weaving) followed by a 1 year stint at teachers college. The Union protects its members at all costs, as Unions do. The Union is not looking out for the best interests of the students, if they were they would acknowledge the inept teachers that should be gleaned from the profession and work with management to provide students with the best teachers possible. Teaching is becoming less and less an honorable profession, ruined by the out of touch Union management.
  2. levon posted on 01/24/2013 06:56 PM
    Agar...you've had a pretty good time going after our teachers. In fact for you a crazed teabagger, it's been a win-win-win. You hate teachers so you can call them lazy, overpaid, and spoiled. Or you can go after unions-those government unions which you also despise. Or you take a turn hating liberals, liberal leaders and a liberal government. So listening to you with your triple built-in biases should make no sense to any sensible Canadian listener right from the first of your ignorant comments. Go back to the US and take your hate for our teachers, unions, and government with you. We can work this out without you and your lack of compassion, tolerance, and compromise.
    1. Brad posted on 01/29/2013 06:18 PM
      @levon You sound like you think you can represent Canadians. Well your attempt to muzzle free speach is NOT Canadian. Perhalps you need to take that into your process before you represent me. Also...thank you for expressing yourself. Your in the right place to do so!!
  3. calvinhc posted on 01/25/2013 09:52 AM
    I am thankful that both my children made it through school without any of this teacher BS, though Dalton & Associates gave them the moon until recently to get that.

    My daughter just finished high school in June and is now attending university with the help of both a sports scholarship and an academic scholarship. It should be noted that the sports scholarship is worth far more than the academic one, and part of her being able to receive this was due to school sports. The academic scholarship is a relatively small component.

    One of her teachers had told her class early last spring that they were lucky to be graduating last year. This teacher, who admitted to not being a fan of their union, explained that contract talks were underway since February and appeared to be getting dragged out by the union so that it would culminate in labour problems in the fall.
  4. jim posted on 01/26/2013 07:53 AM
    Cry me a river! Am so with Jerry on this. Unions and left wing people are taking this country down. Teachers should go back and do what their paid to - TEACH. If 100,000 a year, three monts off plus weeks at christmas and break, a 9 to 3 work day isnt enough then find another real job to do!
    1. MichaelP posted on 01/28/2013 09:48 AM
      @jim someone else who sucks at math.

      Why is that all the teacher haters appear to have not paid any attention during math class when they were at school?
    2. J.G. posted on 02/05/2013 05:47 PM
      @jim What teacher do you know that makes $100 000?

      Starting salary for a contract teacher in a board in the GTA or surrounding areas is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $39 000 to $45 000 per year, assuming that they are given a full teaching load. New teachers out of school typically cannot lock down anything more than supply work for the first 2 - 5 years, so you don't really see a teacher making those starter wages until they are 30. If you think that this is somehow a huge perk for teachers, feel free to join the ranks.
  5. Neel posted on 01/26/2013 05:02 PM
    I am not pro union but I'm curious if people think that if they bargained for something and won a particular benefit through collective bargaining whether they think it is fair if these benefits were taken away? I'm not talking about on a go forward basis but rather benefits earned in the past ie to remove benefits retroactively. That is what the fight is really about not future benefits or wage freeze.
  6. Glen Kennedy posted on 01/26/2013 06:44 PM
    Jerry: Isn't the election of Ms. Wynne exactly what was predicted at the start of 2011?
    Dalton McGuinty would resign before the next election or run in the next election and then resign shortly thereafter to allow Kathleen Wynne to take his place. In other words, Ms. Wynne would run for Premier without have to actually "run" for Premier. Ms. Wynne would become the Premier by stealth. The ONLY thing that went wrong was that they didn't have a majority.
    Now, she can do a one to two year deal with the NDP, and get set to run in 2014/2015 with her war chest flush with cash (certain more that what taxpayers are left with). It's obvious that C. Sousa will get FInance Minister or Min. of Economic Development (ie. Minister of Wineing and Dineing) while Gerry Kennedy get to head a Crown Agency- maybe the OLG (Casinos anyone?) Stay tuned.
  7. Rose posted on 03/01/2013 08:24 PM
    It's amazing that teachers feel so hard done by because their bargining rights have been striped away. How do they think we as parents feel. Everytime they don't get what they want they go on strike and basically hold us hostige. The are paid very well for what they do, have fantastic work hours, unbelievable benefits and pensions.
    What drives me crazy are the number of teachers in my kids school who are awful and cannot be fired.
    Sounds to me like the perfect job, too bad everyone else can't stop working until the get the same deal as teachers.
  8. Tommy posted on 03/02/2013 09:37 AM
    Why can't teachers just go back to teaching and stop whining about not getting what they want. Stop it already your not getting any more money!!! Youve had it soooooo good under McGuinty I would also love to work 9 to 3 every day with 3 months off and the BEST BENEFITS in the world! Just wait until the next government comes in and takes all your pensions away (which they fund 100% let's see them finally have to start coontributing) Sign me up and I will do the job better than the number of horrible teachers my kids have! Good on 'ya, Jerry!
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