What do teachers believe in?

A letter to the editor from the teaching staff of Alexander Park Elementary School

Dear Editor,

Kids Matter and Teachers Care. The most important thing about A.P.E.S. teachers taking a stand against Bill 22 is their desire to improve learning conditions for all.

We believe that we are the advocates not the enemy. We believe that there is nothing in Bill 22 that “improves” public education. We strongly believe that class size and composition make a HUGE difference in improving learning. We believe in the inclusion of children with special needs so long as there is appropriate support.

We believe in professional autonomy in our classrooms and in our Pro-D needs. We believe that everyone deserves a cost of living increase.

We believe in democracy. We believe that the withdrawal of our voluntary and extra-curricular activities is our only option left.

But, the most important thing about A.P.E.S. teachers taking a stand against Bill 22 is their desire to improve learning conditions for all … Kids Matter and Teachers Care.

Sincerely,

The A.P.E.S. Teaching Staff