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BCTF testing stance protects incompetence, cheats students

Dear editor

As a retired schoolteacher it has always been very disheartening to witness the dishonest, if not outright unethical, position of the BCFT on standardized tests for students. When all the quasi-emotional pseudo-political self-serving nonsense about standardized tests is stripped away the BCFT is merely protecting vocally loud but incompetent teachers. It also serves as crux for inept and indifferent administrators and board officials to hide behind for fear of the general public realizing the failure of so much of what goes on in our classrooms. The majority of courageous teachers who work tirelessly in our schools, who want standardized tests to benefit the profession, are by and large actively browbeaten by the federation’s representatives to shut up and be silent or risk ostracism in the school. Like so many other professional unions the BCTF has become monopolized by political self-serving climbers whose career goals are not in teaching excellence, but in climbing the ladder up into the lofty clouds of the profession-cum-union hierarchy and the rewards to be found there. Protecting mediocre teachers with watered down curriculum, placating over-indulgent parents and whiny spoiled children from the realities of the real world of everyday tests, is not only a despicable betrayal of these children, but detrimental to our province’s future economic survival. More than 30 years in education has taught me that schools that teach to the lowest common denominator may protect some incompetent teachers, but seriously cheat their students of a challenging and rewarding education.

Kevin McGinley

Chemainus

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