PENINSULA: Take a page on education from Scandinavia

When my children were growing up, attending elementary and high school in Quebec, there were no Teachers Unions

I agree with Eileen Nattrass’ comments (PNR May 28, 2014) regarding the teachers strike.

When my children were growing up, attending elementary and high school in Quebec, there were no Teachers Unions, never a teachers strike and the teachers did a wonderful job without outside interference from government, parents or the media.

I volunteer at the Sidney Elementary school with the seven-and-eight-year-olds for one hour a week. I wish some of our elected officials would be required to spend some time doing that. If they did I am sure they would have a better idea of the pressures the teachers are under.

These people are dedicated, responsible professional people but are not treated with the respect they deserve.

I am also a retired nurse. It is shocking to me to see the way in which both teachers and nurses are being treated by this government.

Two of the most important professions in our society — education and medical care — are certainly not being given the respect or compensation they deserve.

I recently heard a report about how Scandinavian countries put education at the top of their list of priorities.

Maybe it is time our government took a page from those countries.

Louise Worrall

Sidney