Sunday, September 9, 2012 | Categories: Episodes |
(Photo: Micky via photo pin)
Teaching 101: It's the never-ending debate ... Do teachers have it too good? Or are we undermining our children's futures by undervaluing their teachers?
Sunday School: The Sunday Edition's newest feature ... Michael Enright learns a thing or two on Sundays. This hour... what's Zeno's paradox (huh?), and how to hold a wine glass.
ESL: New immigrants learn the meaning of adaptability at an ESL class.
For more information and music used in this hour ...
Truth about Teaching: George Bernard Shaw once said, "To me, the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching."
The Jesuits said: Give me a child 'til he is seven; I'll show you the man.
There's no denying the important role teachers play in the lives of our children.
Day in and day out during the school year, their job is nothing less than to shape the young minds that will make the important decisions of the future.
Yet despite how crucial they are, it seems we are conflicted about teachers, and they work they do. In Ontario, for example, a Liberal government has brought in legislation which severely curtails the rights of teachers to collective bargaining, and freezes wages and benefits.
Depending on who you ask, teachers have it easy. They're protected by their unions; they get their summers off, after all!
Or - some might say - they work too hard, and don't get paid nearly enough. It's not unheard of for teachers to volunteer many hours after school, or even to shell out their own money to buy supplies for their classes.
This week, with the school year just getting underway, we thought we'd take stock of the teaching profession in Canada with three young teachers ... and one youngish one.
Jocelyn Wickett, 31, teaches English and Drama at Jarvis Collegiate, in Toronto.
Nick Gibbs, 29, is a music and French teacher at Mealy Mountain Collegiate in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, in Labrador
Amanda Bell, 27, teaches at Martin Collegiate Institute in Regina.
And Stephen Skoutajan, 48, teaches Grade 4 at Devonshire Community Public School in Ottawa.
Michael has never been known as for being overly philosophical, which may go some distance in explaining why I have more questions than answers about the world of philosophy. One of them is about something he's heard of, but has no idea what it means: Zeno's paradox.
In a fit of courage - or is it folly? - Dr. Sarah Hoffman stepped up to explain the concept. She teaches philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan.
Drinking in the morning isn't usually recommended, but when a guest arrives with wine glasses, one shouldn't be rude.
Konrad Ejbich is a wine writer, broadcaster and educator, who has co-authored a textbook for the hospitality trade called The Wine Manual.
He's teaching Michael how to hold a wine glass.
Immigrants need lots of things: bravery, gumption, and an ability to handle a whole new world of things ... in a complicated language. There's a word for it. And it's not all that easy to say.
It was the first order of business at a recent ESL class in Toronto.
Music in Hour Three
Big 'Stache, composed by John Showman, performed by the Creaking Tree String Quartet
Third suite of Night-Club 1960, composed by Astor Piazzolla, performed by Ensemble Montreal Tango
You Don't Learn that in School, performed by the Nat "King" Cole trio
Blues News, performed by Brad Prevedoros, Greg Joy, Paul Wilkinson-Teel, and Neil Golden
Conflicting Advice, composed and performed by Cinque