Delegates Approve Campaign to Keep Teachers in Classrooms



    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Delegates to the Elementary Teachers' Federation
of Ontario (ETFO) annual meeting yesterday unanimously approved a resolution
to develop a campaign to keep teachers in kindergarten classrooms and protect
the integrity of the teaching profession.
    The resolution also reflects the concern that kindergartens will suffer
the same fate as many elementary school libraries, where teacher-librarians
have been replaced by library technicians. Because there is no instruction by
teacher-librarians, very little learning takes place.
    The resolution is in response to the government's proposed model for
full-day Kindergarten, which includes having only a half-time kindergarten
teacher with the students during a full-day at school.
    "The inference that was made in the advisory report to the government on
full-day Kindergarten is that there is something wrong with the current
program. A majority of Ontarians think otherwise," said ETFO President David
Clegg.
    "An overwhelming majority of Ontarians polled in a recent Environics
survey feel it is important that full-day kindergarten programs continue to be
delivered by kindergarten teachers. Clearly a majority of Ontarians feel that
a full-day kindergarten program taught by certified teachers for the full-day
is the best solution to meet the learning needs of four- and five-year olds,"
Clegg said.
    "Through our campaign, we will demonstrate that certified teachers occupy
the most critical role in educating young children and that limiting their
time in Ontario's elementary classrooms is highly irresponsible and a step
backward for elementary education."

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell);
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell); jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell); mmorison@etfo.org; August 17-20: ETFO Media
Centre, Sheraton Hall B, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Phone: (416) 945-6296;
Fax: (416) 948-6298

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