Giving Back Control of our Schools to Parents
Resolution #31: Giving Back Control of our Schools to Parents (Official French version)
The findings abound regarding the failures of our educational system, at our primary level and especially at the secondary level. These include high dropout rates, particularly with boys, low rate of high school graduation, a centralized bureaucratic system that is too often disconnected from reality, and a decrease in the accountability of principals. It's a race to the bottom, with evaluation methods that do not encourage effort or reward individual success and the pursuit of excellence. Teachers are often unmotivated and disempowered, forced to replace proven traditional teaching methods by a bureaucrat-imposed curriculum. As we can see, the list is long.
Nevertheless, our schools are full of good school principals and of worthy teachers who want their students to succeed. But the current system doesn't recognize the merit of those whose pupils achieve significant progress while rewarding those who blindly follow the bureaucratic rules of the ministry.
To remodel or revitalize our education system, it's necessary to ensure that the needs of students and the constructive action of parents are at the heart of the schools. Parents and their children must be the primary and ultimate focus of managers of primary and secondary schools.