To the Editor:
Re: “The ultimate goal of every teacher, regardless of subject, is self-esteem building. The subject(s) we teach are merely the tools we use. The time we take with children is crucial, especially in this day of broken families, and that thread from Kindergarten to Grade 8 should be seamless. The importance of establishing that continuous strand in a young personʼs mind is what creates that confidence to move into adulthood. Students base their successes on this history of accomplishment and that critical factor should not be interrupted by forcing Grade 7 and 8s out of childhood before they naturally do it.”
I do not have children or grandchildren in the primary school system…Been there and done that. I am just an old man who still manages to pay his property taxes and trusts that children of today are given every opportunity to have a positive learning experience in a school environment conducive to building strong, productive citizens of tomorrow.
I have been following with more than a passing interest the situation regarding Grade 7 and 8 students in our fair community, prompted by what appears to be an over-crowding issue. I’m all for saving tax dollars and prudent management, but not at the expense of the well-being and educational development of our young people.
With the forgoing in mind, I commend the passionate pleas of two retired, long-serving school teachers Susan and Wayne McGrath, in separate letters published in the Saugeen Times. They know whereof they speak and are extremely articulate in presenting their concerns about prematurely dislodging Grade 7 and 8 students. Their reasoning is sound and based on real-life experience with many generations of school children passing through their classroom doors.
I urge our local school boards and town council to please fully digest the contents of the letters written by both Susan and Wayne McGrath and to accordingly make decisions on this crucial matter that are in the best interests of the children in whom we entrust the future, long after most of us are gone.