I just received a notice in my in-box from the government of Manitoba:
“MAPLE is an online professional learning environment that will link teachers from across the province and allow them to access the latest curriculum, share learning resources and ideas on how to improve education and support students. MAPLE is part of our strategy to improve the quality of education in Manitoba by making sure teachers have the tools they need to support student success.”
Besides “Maple” being overworked in the world, this is wonderful, but it’s not OPEN!
“The MAPLE Site/Service is not available to parents, students or members of the public at large.”
Is it just me or does excluding parents, students and members of the public from sharing in ideas about improving education seem really STUPID? As a taxpayer and someone who interacts with students, employers, and graduates from time to time, I certainly have a few things I would like to say to teachers. I was a teacher and certainly have valuable information to share about experiences too. What’s with this? In this day of social media what is a tax-funded organization doing excluding taxpayers from the conversation? Get a clue, government. Teachers who have been students for decades but have little experience of life and employment certainly could use some input from the rest of us. This is an echo chamber, not a forum.