Duncan – Re: Teachers happy to talk class size on picket line, letter to the editor, Sept. 3. Prior to Ms. Fairwell’s education, I attended Bowmanville, Ontario’s public schools from K-13 in the 50s and 60s.
Class photos average 35. Substitute teachers mostly volunteered. No learning assistance teachers, reading recovery teachers, no behaviour specialists, no French or P.E. teacher (until Grade 9), were ever needed.
Moreover, few “special needs students” existed, although a small percentage repeated a grade.
Many seniors’ Canadian success stories came from similar educations, without such duplicitous, expensive, failing schooling adventures.
Time to move backwards in education?