Editor: Mike Redmond in his letter “Education heading in the wrong direction” has indeed hit the nail on the head. We need more teachers, not less in the classroom. In fact, the letter posits the question what is the very nature of education?
Education comes from the Latin educare, “to lead out”, or to develop the full potential of each person. As a retired English teacher, high school, first-year university, I have always believed that this “leading out” primarily occurs in the interaction between teacher and student. Yes, resources, even the most sophisticated, do play a role in this process, but they are tools. Even the current minister of education in the PEITF television ad affirms his teacher.
The Department of Education has to move from a utilitarian, budget-based philosophy to a person-oriented philosophy based on the intrinsic dignity of every student waiting for the teacher to activate his/her potential.
Mr. Redmond has it right: “Students with a wide range of learning needs demand more teacher attention.”
Bernard J. Callaghan,