Comment 36699

By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted December 30, 2009 at 21:34:13

Woody10: Yes,I would say you are having a bad day.

Ok what if do not have a bike? Or if you have to walk say from Eastgate area to Fennell campus? That is a few hours.

Yes, I have walked to work, about an hour, no vehicle, no bus service, as they were on strike. I have ridden my bike before as well.

I don't know Woody but I do know that illiteracy rates are high for those accessing welfare. I have seen some of the paperwork and it is pretty sad that many for whatever reasons fell throught the cracks of our education system.

Peer to Peer Mentoring Group is getting people coming in who want to learn. I know of someone who was born with Fetal Alcohol, they had a very rough life. They made the decision to go to school and spent four years at one of the local programs.

This person is a very warm and loving person. Yes, they learned something, they can articulate ideas, they have a creative sense, the enjoyed the subjects geared toward, history and geography. They can read pretty good, their writing skills need some work. All in all, though, they were very disappointed that after four years, they got very little recognition for the work they did. This person would love to go to higher education but at the present time cannot get more then grade nine for GED, even though some of the courses, completed were Grade 10, 11 and 12.

I think more emphasis has to put on the system, that is failing and not so much on individuals, can you understand what I am saying.

People can learn, if given the opportunities, it is just that in today's world, those opportunities for those who are behind are far and few between. There are only so many spots.

Yes there are some programs, that are geared toward teaching working skills, like landscaping, building and such, but again, there are far too few spots. I spoke to a couple of people in the one school program, they liked the learning environment and to to be able to work with their hands.

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