Edmonton teacher gets fired.

Highschool teacher gets terminated because he gave out zeros to students that did not complete their assignments or even bothered to hand it in. Back when I was in high school zeros were given out for not completing assignments or failure to hand in. His actions hurt the students “academically”. Overall, students who fail to hand in or complete their assignments shouldn’t be disappointed by the teacher’s marking, but at themselves.

As a student, what you do determines your grade in the course and failure to hand in an assignment, then you should get a zero. Instead of zeros, “behavioural codes” — such as “MPA” for “missed performance” — for incomplete work, should be used, but what does that teach students for the future? Does that mean in post-secondary institutions, they will continue to use such “behavioural codes” for their students? No. In post-secondary institutions, zeros will be given out for incomplete assignments.

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Ontario teacher’s wage freeze.

Thanks to the Liberals, McGuinty Government, they’re trying to pass a two-year teacher wage freeze and cutting fully-paid sick days from 20 to 10 for teachers. Ontario universities continue to graduate 7,600 more teachers every year than there are teaching vacancies to be filled. Young teachers know a good deal when they see one – they want a piece of the action. Just because teachers don’t work 50 weeks a year, or 49, or even 48, like most Ontarians doesn’t mean we don’t do any work. Even after the premier cut their paid sick days from 20 to 10, teachers are only expected to actually be in the classroom for 195 instructional days.

Teachers get paid for a certain amount of time they are in the classroom, after that, they don’t get paid. Teachers do not get paid for all the extra curricular activities they do for students, nor all the hours they put into assignments, tests, and preparation all together. Every career has its perks and for Teachers, such perks are beneficial. With the liberal government trying to pass this two-year cut, the next election won’t go so smooth. With over 50,000 teachers within Ontario, what makes you sure they’re still going to elect the Liberals again?

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