Do we really need to have the Fraser Institute rub our noses in the fact that we live in a society that accepts inequalities of opportunity for our children?
Children in high-income homes receive tutoring help outside of school time if they are having difficulties with math or reading or writing; children in low-income homes who have these difficulties do not.
And since the provincial government does not target funding to hire teaching aides to help children with special needs, parents without surplus income to pay for out-of-school tutoring know that their children’s chances of improving their lot in life are very slim. What does this do for their children’s morale and motivation?
Teachers protest the annual provincial Foundational Skills Assessment not only because they know that the funding of these tests could be better used, but they also know how unfair it is that the Fraser Institute uses the results of these tests to either praise or stigmatize schools and the children they serve.