for a system that has been derailed.

It is a direct violation to deny children an education and undeniably, children without a proper education are less likely to have a career plan, therefore impacting the development and progress of our entire nation. Today, students are pushed on to the next grade, because it has been decided that it is the right thing to do. There are no failures, attendance is not a requirement, there are no deadlines and students are not mandated to hand in assignments. Parents have taught their children that they do not have to do anything that they do not want to do.Certificates are handed out to the disruptive or failing child, further embarrassing him or her. And the majority of Canadian schools push students through with a ‘D’ average. This means that they have learned less than 50% of the course material.

A ‘D’ – that’s appalling!

Society must own this one for according to the Canadian Literacy and Learning network 42% of Canadians have low literacy skills, and if things do not change it is likely that that number will rise even further. Society must be accountable and responsible to educate our children. When the education budget is tabled, the decision should be based on where the money would be best spent: teaching the child or to build facilities to house them late on in life. In this broken system one might have to start by educating the parents. If little Johnny does not deserve an ‘A’ then he should not get one. If little Johnny does not do his homework and is failing he should not be bumped to the next grade for the sake of the parents. When young adults leave a broken education system, they are unprepared for adulthood and society and are suddenly forced to face the real world – the adult world.

It seems negligent of society to send them on their way if they are not prepared for that day.