There are two basic viewpoints as it relates to teachers performing extracurricular activities. The first is that these activities are voluntary, performed out of the goodness of ones heart.
However, if they are truly voluntary, why would the Premier of Ontario launch a media campaign asking teachers not to "punish children" for refusing to conduct these so-called "voluntary" programs?
Was he not aware that a 2007 survey on Canadian Giving and Volunteering in Ontario concluded that, while volunteerism is increasing in Ontario, the "majority of volunteer hours were contributed by a fairly small group of individuals?"
If such a small group of individuals is volunteering, where are the attack ads on other working groups? Where are the headlines blasting lawyers, bus drivers, dentists, nurses, crossing guards or warehouse employees for not volunteering?
The answer is that the Premier, and others, don't believe that extracurricular activities are voluntary. They believe that sports teams, art clubs, and other after-school events are part of the job.
People believe that because teachers only work "9 to 3" jobs, that they should be spending 1-2 additional hours after school running extracurricular programs.
The problem is, I have already showed that without extracurriculars, teachers already work a typical 8 hour shift- just like the rest of the working population and Ontario Labour Laws.
So why then are teachers expected to run these programs and criticized when the don't?
Is it really a teachers job to work from 9 until 6 or 7? (times are not relevant, only length of the shift. I have added 1-2 hours on the end based on the evidence in my prior blogs)
Do police officers who have completed all of their tasks continue on the job for 1-2 hours after their shift is finished without charging overtime?
Does the bus driver who has finished his route continue to drive for 1-2 hours for free?
Does the doctor continue to see patients without billing the government for seeing them?
Have you ever been to an auto mechanic who said "the next 2 hours of work on your car is free?"
Of course not.
Yet teachers are expected to work 9-10 hour shifts?