At 6:30pm on May 5th, May Wang, the owner of our brand new School Is Easy location in Mississauga, was approached by Omni News to get her thoughts on the current Ontario teacher’s strike. Here’s what she had to say:
A teacher strike does not mean happy tutors
As the owner of a tutoring centre, May would be expected to be happy that many parents are looking for tutoring for their kids due to the current strike. However, this is not the case. May hopes that students can go back to the classroom as soon as possible, as it is not right for students to suffer. The impact is especially bad for grade 12 students who are preparing to graduate and then enter into university in the fall. In the meantime, parents should consider signing their children up for tutoring so that they can get help going through the rest of the curriculum. This way they can still be prepared for the fall term despite the schooling they are missing due to the teacher strike.
In response to being asked about taking away the limit on classroom sizes:
In her interview, May was asked to comment on the implications of having no limit on the number of students in a classroom. In response to this, May says that having 60 students in a math class would be an unhealthy learning environment, for sure. It also concerns her that many of the qualified teachers working for her Mississauga School Is Easy tutoring centre do not have full-time teaching positions. If classroom sizes grow, this will mean less work for many teachers, and some may even lose their jobs.