I consider myself an extremely resourceful woman. I don't give up until I find an answer. Funny thing though, in this situation I cannot seem to find the answer: I can leave my five- and nine-year-old children at home alone while I go to work, or I can stay home from work with my children and lose out on pay and possibly even my job. Christy, do you have any ideas? I have about a week to figure this out.
When I heard teachers complaining about possible limits on sick time, I rolled my eyes. Big time. Then I started teaching. And I had to eat my eye rolls as I ate into my sick days. It was like I didn't even have an immune system. I was getting sick with things that I'd never even picked up when I was a student.
I am not an upset parent, I am not a teacher nor someone who is related to a teacher. I am a recently graduated French Immersion student. Though I may not hold any political, economic or sway of any other kind in the matter, I believe that my opinions represent a vast majority of the beliefs of the students of this province.
My kids are lost in the shuffle because they are not at the very top or the very bottom. They could use more teacher face time but it isn't there. I have seen my kids' teachers standing on cold sidelines cheering them on at 4 p.m. on a Friday across the city because they volunteered to sponsor the team. I don't want my kids' teachers to be overworked, under-motivated and overwhelmed.
For the angry ones who rage in class, and the sad ones whose arms bear scars and who cannot eat, but also cannot get a counsellor, #IWillHoldTheLine. For the brilliant children of great promise, whose programs have been eliminated and who mark time helping others while waiting for the challenges they need, #IWillHoldTheLine.
What if we looked at the whole concept of benefits in a different way. Who actually benefits when we support students whose brains work differently? We are going to need out-of-the-box kinds of thinking that students with special needs do naturally, all the time. We need special solutions to the special challenges we all face.