Students are back in school and every year there seems to be a new update to the curriculum (we’re looking at you, Doug Ford). But there are some changes happening in parts of Ontario that have nothing to do with it.
Imagine going to class and not having to call your teacher by Mr. and Ms. Well, that’s going to be a reality for some Ottawa-based students. Yup, that means they’ll be on a first name basis with their teachers.
According to a CBC report, some teachers in Ottawa want their students to refer to them by their first names. One school principal they spoke with, for example, would rather have her students call her Kim instead of Ms. MacDonald. But Ottawa isn’t the first to be trying this new method—calling your teacher by their first name is also a trend spreading in Finland and parts of Australia.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sue Charleston said, “I feel like I’m positioning myself as a learner alongside students, rather than this holder of all knowledge.”
Teachers and administration feel that the first name policy will allow for more progressive student and teacher relationships. Rather than being looked at as authority figures only, a first-name relationship could also build trust.
Some parents don’t agree, and find this change to be disrespectful and gets rid of the boundaries that should be placed between teachers and students.
What do you think?