It’s time for Ontario’s teachers to remove a union management that is clearly out of step with its members before the deep respect within the community that they have taken decades to develop is completely destroyed.
As a parent and theatre owner who has had the opportunity to deal with hundreds of teachers in Ontario, I have discovered that our teachers are by and large committed to their jobs and to their responsibilities to the children we entrust with them. They love their jobs, are very happy with their working conditions, their hours, their salaries, their benefits, their pensions, and perhaps most of all the love, respect and gratitude they have earned.
Their union management, however, shows no such commitment and is clearly out of step with the profession they represent.
The Ontario teachers union management have shown themselves to be ruthless, greedy, self-centered and wildly out of touch with the reality of the public purse – and with the heart of the professional they claim to represent. It’s time for the teachers to step up and replace them with people who reflect the values of our education system.
The teaching profession seems impervious to the advances of technology, but one only has to surf the Internet to discover a great deal of education could be offered online.
If teachers continue to align themselves with a ruthless union management that treats taxpayers, parents, students and teachers with such complete disregard they should not be surprised to find us seeking alternatives in the very near future.