By Sydney Huizing
Some people think that social promotion, or the idea that a student is being sent on to the next grade regardless of if they have fully retained everything that they have learned, is the result of PEI being known for as the province that ranks lower than average in education. I don’t believe that is necessarily true.
Social Promotion definitely has a part to play in the provinces bad education, but I also think that it has to do with the fact that school isn’t taken very seriously. A majority of students just go through school so that they can make it out of high school. These kids look at school like it is a joke. Students are not very motivated at school.
Along with this I feel like the amount of school days missed affects students as well. It takes kids a week or so to get back into a good routine at school after summer, Christmas, and spring vacation. We just missed almost two full weeks from school other than two days in between because of March break and the storm days. In most other places around the country or even at a school I have been to before, only two of those days would have been taken as storm days: the two days that actually had the major storms.
Not only that but students also may feel like some classes are just boring, which makes it hard to motivate kids to invest in those classes. If kids have boring classes, it is hard for them to pay attention as well as remember information taught.
My suggestion would be to have less storm days that are not necessary. Also, if teachers used different ways to make their classes more exciting then students might be more motivated for school. Teachers could do activities like use interesting hands on examples for students; get the kids involved in the lesson they are teaching, or even go on a field trip. If kids are more motivated then they might actually care about school and their grades. As a result, grade averages would definitely go up a little.