Friday, June 26, 2015


I found myself in a bit of a controversy this week  following the airing of media reports  regarding programming in provincial schools during the last week of classes.

The CBC contacted me as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils regarding the issue of student absenteeism during the final weeks of the school year. 

It is a generations long issue where  kids have little to no interest in going to school once they finish exams. All they want is their final marks and for Summer holidays to begin. I can only imagine it must be like herding cats for all teachers.

I am not one to shy away from the media when they call about educational issues and agreed to discuss the perceived need for mores structured programming which is both interesting and engaging for students during the last week of classes.

It is a perennial issue that often comes up this time of the year as parents complain about the kids being home while school is open. 

My suggestion was that in future the school board could offer a more uniform policy for attendance and worthwhile programming in the post-exam period. Perhaps Student Councils could be more engaged as part of the solution.

I never, at any time, inferred that teachers were not doing there jobs, or that there was anything different occurring at the end of this school year, than any other. 

acknowledged the tremendous amount of administration work that has to be completed to prepare report cards. 

The NLFSC has always maintained a good working relationship with the teachers in schools, subcommittees and with the union.  I saw this as board issue, there appeared to be confusion across the province and over how attendance policies are implemented and what programming is available during the last week of classes. 

The NLFSC is very engaged with schools and has been vigilant in keeping pressure on government to review teacher cuts, improve the ratios for guidance counselors and reducing stress and workloads. Teachers are the foundation of the education system.

I was disappointing with the editorial language used by CBC TV in the into to the story that indicated that I was an angry parent. Nothing could have been further from the truth. That introduction became the filter by which some viewed the story and based their comments.

So, I am posting my three media interviews for your consideration. What is wrong with my suggestions or my approach? 

Have a listen and a read. If you can find an example of me picking on teachers, let me know. 

Students are either expected to attend school and participate in meaningful programs or the board should just close the schools to students and re-open for report card day!

I can not help but wonder about some peoples comprehension levels.


Conversation with Mr. Paddy Daley on VOCM OPEN-LINE

1 comment:

Tony said...

Heard the CBC interview when it aired and heard nothing other than useful thoughts on how the time could possibly be used in a positive way rather than wasted. I heard nothing suggesting that such events would be easy to arrange, that it wouldn't be a logistical concern, or that teachers were being slack. Sometimes people don't stop to listen to the message, but rather react emotionally.