I'm sure next school year's budget and ongoing contract negotiations will dominate the headlines in 2010, but we cannot lose sight of our children's education. One particular area I am concerned with is computer learning, more specifically at the elementary school level.
When we cut elementary school computer aids from this year's budget, it was done with assurances that computer classes would continue because the teachers themselves were ultimately responsible for running these classes while the computer aids were there to assist. Unfortunately we have heard numerous complaints from parents that their elementary students aren't having any computer classes at all. I'm not looking to point fingers - we just need to fix the problem, and we need to fix it now.
I encourage parents of elementary students to attend our next Education Development Committee meeting on Monday, January 25th, at 6:30pm in the Board Room at Maple Point. Please come prepared to share your child's experience with computer education this year. Your input is absolutely critical to understanding and ultimately addressing this issue.
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, I ask that you send me an email summary of your child's experience with computer classes this year. Please be sure to include your full name, your child's name/school/teacher, and any other information you deem relevant.
I look forward to your feedback.