Students and parents in Ontario can look forward to stronger math, STEM and financial literacy curricula along with a province-wide ban on cellphones in the classroom and improved skilled trades opportunities as part of the Government of Ontario’s new vision for education.
“We are going to be investing in education and students in a way that is focused on student achievement and well-being,” said Logan Kanapathi, Markham-Thornhill MPP.
The government’s plan, Education that Works for You, hopes to protect a sustainable world-class education system for the students of today and the future while modernizing Ontario’s classrooms and curriculum. It’s all to ensure students are leaving school with the skills they need to build good lives, families and careers while ensuring our education system is both fiscally sustainable and respectful of parents.
“Our government has been clear from the beginning that we are listening to parents and consulting with our education partners to modernize and improve Ontario’s education system from kindergarten to Grade 12,” said Paul Calandra, Markham-Stouffville MPP. “We welcome conversation with any stakeholder who wants to work with us in good faith to ensure our plan always puts students first and remains fair to our educators.”
The plan calls for maintaining class sizes for Kindergarten to Grade 3, establishing a consistent approach to class sizes for Grades 4 to 8 and aligning secondary class sizes more closely with other Canadian jurisdictions, while introducing a new approach to e-learning and reducing pressure on school boards to put students in portables and split classes.
There will be clear provisions for parents who wish to exempt their children from sexual health education. Online modules will be available for parents who want to discuss sexual health topics at home whenever they feel their child is ready.
The government is committed to discussing the key elements of the proposed plan, including hiring practices and class sizes, through a consultation process that allows partners to provide the benefit of their expertise, experience and ideas.
It marks the largest public consultation on education in the province’s history notes a government press release. The consultation included more than 72,000 engagements across three different consultation channels, which included an open submission form, online survey and telephone town halls held in every region of the province.
Photo: Province wants educators to get back to the basics.