For some time now it has been heard loud and clear that there is discrimination in elementary schools. Parents protest that their children are being rejected at IEP, which they even consider their neighborhood school …
Since last fall, our children have been attending the École Monsigneur-Robert, the school cited by the media. We were aware that the choice of our two children was very uncertain. But why did we choose to change schools?
All in the same basket
It must be said that our eldest daughter, who has always been passionate about school and all things academic, social and sporting, was getting bored more and more in her local public school. Already in the second year she began to complain about the fact that in her school she was taught very little, that we repeated ourselves, that we did not move forward quickly …
Why? We started interviewing teachers. Why did our daughter have to revise the 0 + 1 and 2 + 0, when the simple calculations had long since been acquired?
Because in Quebec we have decided to put everyone in the same basket. Avoiding discrimination is considered a priority, regardless of the impact on students who speak fluently. But it is not exactly discriminatory to inflict on our students, even a little gifted – but above all interested, motivated and with developed social skills – to suffer the consequences of a group in which students learn less quickly, are less curious or are less collaborative?
Isn’t it harmful and dangerous to teach everyone in the same way, when it is proven that each child learns in his own way, at his own pace and according to his own abilities?
That is why we have chosen to change schools and to move with our children morning and evening to another municipality, so that our daughter can thrive. Isn’t it the wish of all parents, that their child be happy in school?
It is true that it is difficult to separate a brother from a sister and this can be questioned. It may be justified, as a parent, to ask ourselves what we value most for our children. It is entirely legitimate to choose the regular schedule so that the children attend the same school. But it is risky to systematically send siblings to a particular program without checking everyone’s abilities, and yes, even at such a young age. The effect on self-confidence could be disastrous.
Imagine the younger sister reported in the media who was rejected. Imagine that it is automatically admitted into the program. Imagine that then he struggles to keep up. Because let’s face it, the workload is mountainous in IEP. And the students are good. Imagine that she accumulates failures and that she is disappointed to see that she is less efficient than the others. The consequences on his self-esteem would be catastrophic. Before adding music, physical education and language lessons, it is necessary to make sure that the child masters the priority school basics (reading, writing, counting). Of course, it would be great if all children had access to these programs. How nice it would be if all our children learned easily in school, loved school and performed well in school. Many complex factors need to be analyzed in this debate, including our current educational system, children’s different learning mechanisms, their interests, their ability to interact with others, collaboration with parents and time invested in homework. , the limited number of admissions, etc.
All of this has led this wonderful school to make heartbreaking choices. It is important to remember that not all children may thrive on this program. As in a different society, it takes everything to create our world.
Jacinthe Ruel, physiotherapist, Quebec