Editor: “Children are always the only future the human race has; teach them well!” As a longtime summer resident of this special island and a retired educator, it was disturbing to read the latest PISA report. I must wonder if parents are truly aware of the significance of P.E.I.’s students scoring “below average” in math, literacy and science, or are they more focused on the marks the students receive on their school report cards.
Athletes from P.E.I. are at a disadvantage when competing with peers from more populous provinces, but this is not a factor when it comes to academic achievement. Do not let P.E.I. students remain in last place. Clearly, it is past time to make all necessary changes in terms of curriculum, class size, instructional minutes, and all other educational standards and issues.
Children will rise to the expectations set for them, and there is no reason that P.E.I. students cannot achieve at the same level as other Canadian students if they are provided the same instruction, tools, and support. They deserve the academic background and skills needed to be competitive in a changing employment market, as well as the satisfaction that comes from being educated and productive members of society.
Were I younger and considering relocating to this province with school-aged children, I would be having second thoughts. P.E.I. parents, stand up for your children.