Canada is a country that fears change and standing on your own two feet. It is a nation with wobbly training wheels going around in circles day in and day out.
A pair of related articles in the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator are rank propaganda, but they both suffer from the same cowardly confirmation bias that is short-sighted and doesn’t look at the real problems plaguing society: they are pandering to the chicken littles, nothing more.
Let’s start with the Toronto Star’s garbage first.
Why are you protesting e-learning? What do you actually know about it?
Here is a simpler question: Have you ever heard of Bloom’s Taxonomy?
If you are a parent or student and you are griping about your “education” and you never heard this concept before, shut up.
I mean it. Do not get haughty and indignant about education if you do not know what system we are running and have been since the mid-1950s. Go do some basic research before opining about something you do not know anything about — but should.
And in the last decade or so, education has evolved and we now have a revision in the form of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.
What this means is simple: e-learning has come a long way. A very long way. It is how I got certified in Higher Learning through Harvard University and upgrade my art theory through Oxford University. I use e-learning, and as an educator with a graduate degree, I know quality education. Get with the times, kids.
Because I don’t actually think most of you do your own homework, but your parents meddle and do a lot of it for you — and if they aren’t computer savvy or you have to go school to learn online, you don’t have people being able to prop up your work.
And this isn’t anything new. We used to have correspondent’s courses — and when I was fast-tracking in high school, I had to do two my credits that was in order to finish one year early. It is not a big deal. Stop throwing temper tantrums because things have to change. That’s life. Deal with it.
So you have reactionary teenaged geezers whining because things have to change. That’s called life, children.
But the Star’s obnoxious whitebread wallowing has nothing on the Hamilton Spectator with this piece of trash:
Memo to the Hamilton Spectator: people lose their jobs every fucking day. The Spec is so immoral that they do not do the same thing to those on the streets or shelters, putting a “face” on those poor people who lost their jobs and now have no home to go to anymore.
Hamilton is a city littered with panhandlers — all those people had jobs, but we don’t seem to give flying fucks about poor people.
Teaching has been seen as a safe career: great pay, job security, and benefits with a strong union. The problem is Ontario is too public sector heavy: when people working for the government are doing far better than the private sector employees, sooner or later, you no longer can afford the system, and you have to cull the fold. You don’t get to bypass the dues paid by those in the private sector who get laid off or let go during economic downturns.
And private sector employees are the ones who bring fresh money into the tax base. People who work for the public sector are, in fact, recycling government money when they pay taxes, meaning they are always a deficit. They give some money back in taxes, but not enough, and when your tax base ends up being public sector employees, you are going to be in serious debt, which is what Ontario is in.
So the Spec’s lazy propaganda suffers from a severe confirmation bias on every imaginable level: it is not looking at why we have a province with too many civil servants, forty percent of private sector workers earning minimum wage, and how do we deal with those real problems.
You interview a few sulky people. Big deal. That’s emotional manipulation. It’s not news. News is asking why we have over 115,000 teachers in this province in the first place. Do the math on their salaries. Look at how many of those educators are on the Sunshine List. Look at how top heavy their administration is, and then go from there. You are not going to get people working minimum wage feeling sorry for these people. You are not going to get precariously employed people feeling sorry for them, let alone small business owners, or people working the private sector busting their tail hustling with a fraction of the pay and with no benefits feeling sorry for them.
Losing a job is life. Hamilton is a city where the majority of people who do well financially work for the government, in healthcare or in education. That’s a dangerous problem and one that came from myopic and shitty leadership. And Hamilton went NDP and we do not have a single cabinet minister — just a single rookie MPP who is in the outskirts of the town.
Hamilton cannot blame Doug Ford for any of its woes. These wounds were entirely avoidable and self-inflicted. The Spec is pure worthless garbage. Let’s have a pity fest seems to be their way of brainlessly waddling through life, and no wonder they are an empty shell.
No one seems to be thinking or using any skill you should have learned in school in the first place. This province needed to do things differently and change on its own before change was imposed on them, but that takes courage and proactive thinking, which doesn’t really speak well of anyone around here…