The Vox populi on EQAO



Always read the Letters to  the Editor where often shards of light appear, cris de coeur from smart people who are feel unheard and patronized. This of course is the major malady in the Catholic church today—but that’s another story.

Today’s letter from the Heslers of Penatang, Ontario shines a light on the corporate assault on education. Read on.

Won’t let kids take EQAO

FRI May 31 2013

We are in the unfortunate position this year of having two children due to sit the EQAO tests. Due to the flawed way in which this test is put together, administered and the data used, we are unwilling to put our children through the ordeal.

The principal of our school has told us that they will be forced to write the test, unless we keep them home for two weeks surrounding the testing period. Really? Forced? Against our will?

I wonder if the public in this province knows that this testing costs our education system millions of dollars (last figure I heard was $52 million)? And most of that money goes out of Canada, as the tests are printed in the U.S. I thought we didn’t have enough money to pay our teachers properly?

Does the public realize the amount of cheating that goes on prior to the test (called “preparation”) and during the test (e.g. in the form of reading the test to them — a reading test is read to those students who can’t read)? I think this invalidates the data somewhat. In schools, months before the testing, special education support is withdrawn from kids who need it and reassigned to help push kids through EQAO.

Why aren’t we standing up to this? What benefit does it have for our children? This testing needs to stop. The system is using our children as political pawns in a game for which the only benefit is bragging rights?

Jacqui and Steve Hesler, Penetanguishene



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    I agree totally. Keep government out of education. Parents are the primary educators, not government. With the education our kids end up with, for the cost, we’ve been ripped off royally. We need to go with a voucher system.

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    wmgrace Says:

    Montaign weighs in;

    If, as it is our custom, the teachers undertake to regulate many minds of such different capacities and forms with the same lesson and a similar amount of guidance, it is no wonder if in the whole race of children they find barely two or three who reap any proper fruit from their instruction.

    Let him not be asked for an account merely of the the words of his lesson, but of its sense of substance, and let him judge the profit he has made not by the testimony of his memory, but of his life. Let him be made to show what he has just learned in a hundred aspects and apply it to as many different subjects, to see if he has yet thoroughly grasped it and made it his own, taking stock of his progress by the pedagogical method Plato. It is a sign of crudeness and indigestion to disgorge food just as we swallowed it. The stomach has not done its work if it has not changed the condition and form of what it has been given it to cook. –
    Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, On the Education of Children 1580

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