Remove Gray as Senior English Teacher sign now

To: VSB Administration/Mr. Rob Moro
We the undersigned believe that Mrs. Gray should be immediately removed from her position as Senior English Teacher and Head of the English Department at King George Secondary for the following reasons:

1. She does not teach us to do things properly. She teaches us to number sentences and circle and underline various words. Doing the above on a provincial exam will result in the student losing his/her score. This is not the way you are supposed to write essays. Her "teachings" have left us unprepared for university writing and when evaluated upon writing according to her teachings, we will be poorly graded.

2. She is extremely lazy. I and many others have a strong suspicion that the reason she forces us to follow her asinine format which includes the numbering of sentences is so that she doesn't have to actually read the essay to mark it.

3. She refuses to mark anything not written in black ink. What colour we write in is unimportant. Just because we write in blue pen, does NOT mean that our ideas or thoughts are not valid and deserve a zero. Writing in black ink is nowhere in the English 12 curriculum. If we decided to write in neon green, it should not matter. We are not being evaluated based on the colour we choose to write in.

4. She falsely states that if you write in blue pen on the provincial examination, they will refuse to mark it. I do not know whether she is deliberately misleading or is simply ignorant. Either is unacceptable.

5. She teaches outside the curriculum. This is acceptable. It is NOT, however, acceptable to EVALUATE students on things not included in the curriculum.

6. She has not taught us anything new. For the past two years, we have not learned anything new apart from Shakespeare and Lord of the Flies which are not part of the curriculum.

7. The so-called "Evaluation test" that she gives to students should not be part of our grades. She has not taught us anything about the content (which contains vocabulary and comprehension tests)

8. She gets us to read short stories from the books, and stops abruptly mid-story when the bell rings. We understand that she is eager to leave, but stories should be finished, in our opinion. Also, she does not continue on the same story the next day.

9. She picks favourites. Blatantly. Even as one of the people she likes, I can see quite clearly that she is heavily biased against some students. I feel that this is extremely unfair to them and should not be tolerated.

10. She is inconsistent. Last year, a student skipped a class when she was supposed to write her essay. Being a typical teenager, she forged a letter from her parents saying that she was sick. Mrs. Gray, understandably, gave her time to write her essay. However, the student was given 4 extra days in which she was able to finish her essay, while other students had to write theirs in one day. (The student kept saying, "I'm not done yet... Could I finish it next class?" and Mrs. Gray agreed 3 times)

Students of grade 11 and 12, I urge you to sign this petition. Your anonymity will be kept at all circumstances.

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