Archive: Show #189 "Classroom Battleground"

4th Reading

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation gave education minister Janet Ecker the cold shoulder this week. There was an icy silence from teachers when Ecker invited them to engage in a dialogue about their deteriorating relationship. There are a number of irritants; teachers are unhappy with the new four-year high school curriculum; the government wants to make volunteering for extra-curricular activities compulsory; and the teachers vehemently oppose the government's definition of working hours. It's all looking like a formula for chaos in the classroom next fall. Tonight, on Fourth Reading, parent activists Annie Kidder and Martha Harron join our Fourth Reading pundits: Conservative Gina Brannan, Liberal Richard Mahoney and New Democrat Ruth Grier. Producers: Susanna Kelley and Brett Ballah.
Aired:
Mar 19, 2000
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