ESL teachers at Kaplan International, a language school which owns 44 schools internationally have walked off the job in Toronto.
The reason: the schools use of a “teacher performance” rating system which relies heavily on student surveys.
Teachers feel the evaluation system is confusing, unfair, and doesn’t take into account teacher seniority and experience.
“People with 10 to 15 years of experience are being laid off, instead of people who were hired in the last year,” English language arts (ELA) teacher and test preparation instructor Brad Bartholomew, 45, said.
Is a “rank and yank” system at Kaplan a progressive way to keep teachers on their toes, or do the instructors at Kaplan have a right to strike even though it’s inconveniencing 300 students?
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