Recently Elli's school announced that the Extended French program is ending. They will no longer be devoting extra resources and space to the program and it will be moved to another school. The reasoning behind this is that our school is beyond capacity and hopefully the added flexibility combined with some students leaving to follow the french program will help us get class sizes down. It all makes sense to me.
But some people are very angry. You see, they are very concerned that French classes stay because then the high achievers can get even more out of their time in school while the rest of the students cram themselves into ever less space. These parents, so worried about the loss of extra French training (which they could go get by busing their kids to another school if they are truly desperate) are going to converge on a special meeting tonight to try to demand that the school board reverse their decision.
I am driven to the very edge of bonkers and beyond. It wouldn't rankle so much if parent council weren't so chronically short of volunteers for events but knowing that parents are happy to devote time and energy to fighting a good change that is already set in stone but won't show up to help when we are doing things that really need doing sets me off. Opportunities to help everyone, or even to help those who need it most, are left in the dust while people swarm to complain that those who have it the best already need more stuff.
The school is overfull. New condo buildings are going up and this situation is not getting better any time soon. Changes to try to alleviate this must be made. It would be wonderful if every child could have a battery of teachers surrounding them at all times but we must make do with what we have. Suddenly being up in arms about a change that has been a year in the making and which needs to happen won't help the children. I do know of some things that would help the children though, if people have free time they want to spend on improving the school.
It strikes me as unlikely that this renewed interest in public education will actually result in anything other than timewasting. Frown.