Landon Tulk, Dundas
Re: Trustees eye options to ‘mitigate’ teacher extracurricular boycott, Jan. 17.
Chantal Mancini, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Hamilton-Wentworth, claims boycotting voluntary activities is “all we have left.”
Students across the province in their final years of high school, the ones who have truly worked as hard as they can to get those scholarships, are losing everything because of this boycott.
Educators of Ontario argue they’ve lost their collective bargaining rights, while students around the province grieve as they may lose the valuable scholarships they’ve worked so hard to get. This is the outcome of teachers boycotting extracurricular activities so they can earn their right to bank unused sick days.
As a student in the community, I believe futures lay at the feet of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School board in hopes trustees will find a way to pursue extracurricular activities. If the teachers want to protest and set a negative example for young students across this province, let them. Respectively, there are properly educated bodies fresh out of teachers college willing to immediately take their place for half the pay.
Is boycotting extracurricular activities really worth possibly destroying the chance for a youth to achieve success through a scholarship? At least the trustees are trying to do something right.