An article in todays "tabloids" really got me thinking. The article was about the Afrocentric School in Toronto having only 6 children and 3 teachers. The article claims that the cost of running this program so far is $75,000 (Toronto Sun).
So what would be the yearly cost? Since all teachers make "$90,000" a year the cost to run the program would be $270,000 in teacher salaries alone. Then considering that teachers take up 47.3 percent of the education budget we can conclude that the actual cost of this program would be:
47.3 % of (unknown costs) = 270,000
Therefore the actual cost of running this program is $570824.52 or about $95137 per kid.
Putting aside any anti-teacher arguments for a moment, suppose you are an accountant for a private company.
One day, the boss calls a staff meeting and informs his employees (and you) that there will be a significant reduction in wages, benefits and pensions, plus he is going to force you to work three days a year for free.
He pleads with all of you to make these sacrifices for the "good of the company" which is in a serious financial crisis.
But you as the accountant know that the company has been frivolously spending an amount greater than the aforementioned cuts on expenses that are not required for the well-being of the company.
So you go and seek out your boss.
You tell him that you have ways to reduce company waste while at the same time maintaining the status quo in terms of wages and benefits. No increases. Just the status quo.
The response from your boss is to refuse to even hear your proposal, and legislate that you can no longer discuss issues of employee wages and benefits for the next 4 years.
Would you not be angry?
We know from the current NHL lockout that even individuals who make upwards of eight million a year still complain about cutbacks. They say that if the league reduced the waste (Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers etc.) then there would be no need to "cut back."
But teachers are somehow different?
They are not supposed to complain?
In this situation, yes we should always complain when management takes away from employees because of their "wasteful" practices.
So the question becomes, what evidence exists in Ontario Education of waste?
Can we come up with a total that is greater than what is being cut from teachers?
Why don't my viewers get us started.. let the comments roll.