Fletcher needs to back up his criticisms

Letter to the editor on columnist's comments regarding BCTF

Re: BCTF indoctrinating our kids (B.C. Views, March 7)

This column cites only one example of “indoctrinating our kids,” yet Mr. Fletcher continues, without proof, that “it is not” the only example.

He claims to have scientific evidence that class size is not a factor for improving educational outcomes. What propaganda.

Aside from the report from the right-wing Howe Institute, you will be hard-pressed to find any proof of such nonsense.  In fact, the opposite is true – even the premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, has recognized the benefits of smaller class sizes.

As for teacher performance testing and its benefits, this process has been a complete failure in America. Cases of altering student performance scores and “teaching to the test” are commonplace because of this policy.

As for the multiple choice question: “Which one is a fascist? Clark, Campbell or Mussolini,” the answer, Mr. Fletcher, is Mussolini. However, all of the above could be described as dictators. A quick check on Google will reveal the notion of Canada having a parliamentary dictatorship when ruled by a majority.

The internet is a wonderful thing.  It can be used to “prove” whatever you want.

Richard Davis

Saanich

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