With reference to Ted Wragg's article on February 22nd, you may be interested to learn that there is already a book called 'Class War'. It is very good, and I would recommend it. The authors are Maude Barlow amp; Heather-Jane Robertson, and it is published by Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto. ISBN 1-55013-559-7
To give you a slight flavour, I quote:
"By definition, education is political. Literacy and knowledge enable citizens to make choices concerning their future and to acquire beliefs about people, systems and priorities. Education is power; power is political."
"In families without hope or prospects are children without hope or prospects. No amount of teacher "commitment" can make up for the absence of enough adults with enough time to provide a loving, stimulating and respectful environment, for the absence of reading materials in the home, or for negative attitudes towards learning. Education is no substitute for breakfast and no solution to abuse."
"Elementary and secondary schools were never intended to be employment training centres ....... schools are to help you acquire the skills and knowledge to live 'in liberty' alongside your fellow citizens. Your education should be about how to make a life, not how to make a living."
Well worth reading!
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Peter Ryerson (Primary supply teacher)