I don’t often stray into the world of politics here on his oasis in the blog-swamp, but I can’t let this go by without highlighting it. Please don’t run away. I’ll try not to let it happen too often.
The Ontario government has decided to increase high school class sizes. When asked why, Minister Lisa Thompson told reporters that larger class sizes prepare teens for the real world and boost their resiliency. I’m not making this up. She really did come right out and say that. I expected to hear how the province needs better fiscal responsibility, and how they are tackling the debt, but hearing this comment instead was really special.
On CBC radio the Minister said, “We’re hearing from professors and employers alike, that they are lacking coping skills and they are lacking resiliency. By increasing class sizes in high school, we are preparing them for the reality of post-secondary, as well as the world of work.”
High school students can breathe easy knowing they are building resiliency. It’s a good thing Minister Thompson clarified this. Otherwise those students might have thought the larger classes meant less personal attention and less access to teachers. Instead, she explained the government was “enabling more group work, we’re enabling more opportunities for people to work with each other and actually build the skills that employers are looking for.”
I wondered if Minister Thompson had any formal experience in education so I Googled her Wiki page. Although she does not have a degree, she attended the University of Guelph and obtained college certification in public administration and took a class in consumer economics. She also has experience managing a goat cooperative.
Premier Ford attended the same high school as I did, in Etobicoke, beginning as I was finishing. He apparently graduated, and also attended Humber College for two months.
I’m sure I’ll hear from all the conservatives and “Ford Nation” zealots out there, setting me straight and explaining their resiliency strategy further. Fortunately I have a thick skin.