Thank your teachers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The new Health and Physical Education curriculum draws out the homophobics

Monday, February 23, 2015

The New Ontario Health & Phys. Ed. Curriculum - 2015

It's about time that Ontario revamped its Health & Phys. Ed. Curriculum. The last one, created in 1998, is outdated and fails to cover new technologies (e.g., texting, Internet safety), as well as mental health issues and healthy living.
Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, while teen pregnancies are down in 2014.
Even some elementary school students have sent sexually explicit pictures of themselves to someone online, while 11 per cent of Grade 10 students and about 14 per cent of those in Grade 11 say they have sent a sext, according to a 2015 study, *Young Canadians in a Wired World.
There is much that the previous iteration of the document included: identifying body parts for the wee ones, and understanding bodily functions, changes in society (such as same-sex marriage, transgender, and gender differences,) and the changing family.

What the education minister explained, is that our grandchildren are experiencing puberty at earlier ages than before. Kids need to know what is happening to their bodies. (This education begins in grade 4.)

Unfortunately, many parents do not talk about 'sex', nor do they educate children about body parts, how to say no, how to avoid predators, how to take control of their bodies. It is up to parents to interpret the world for their children, and convey information on values, culture, religion and identity. They can build on this, using the handouts from the ministry. Too many kids are sucked into harm, by those who prey on their ignorance. Unless a kid never watches TV, or goes on a computer, they are vulnerable.

The press conference was a hoot. The media seemed to be trying to create controversy where none should exist. The minister patiently explained that they'd been speaking to stakeholders since 2007, which includes the publicly-funded Catholic Boards. Not that I think Catholics should have their own system, not on taxpayer dollars, but that is the situation.


These are the specific topics, by grade and strand.

Resource Documents Specific to this Subject for Parents

*Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online report coverThis report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Life Online(the first in a series of reports from the survey) focuses on what youth are doing online, what sites they’re going to, their attitudes towards online safety, household rules on Internet use and unplugging from digital technologies.

Executive Summary (PDF)

Full Report (PDF)

Gr 9-12 pdf  Gr 1-8 .pdf

Sunday, January 18, 2015

When there is a death in the classroom community

A new resource for educators offers insights and guidance to support students dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Toronto District School Board purported to be dysfunctional: blames trustees

TDSB report a stinging indictment of trustees and the Education Director's salary

Report by troubleshooter Margaret Wilson, citing a ‘culture of fear, orders Toronto trustees to stop meddling in everyday operations.

After watching Canada’s largest school board wallow in dysfunction for years, Queen’s Park has ordered Toronto trustees to stop meddling in everyday operations — no more interfering with principals, no more treating schools as personal “fiefdoms,” no more private offices at board headquarters — in a bid to ease the “culture of fear” cited by troubleshooter Margaret Wilson in a report released Thursday.

Sandals also ordered the board to drop education director Donna Quan’s salary to $272,000 from $289,000 because it violates the province’s wage freeze, even though trustees voted earlier this week to leave it unchanged.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Strong school health programs = Long term success

People for Education

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Strong school health programs = Long term success

new paper from Bruce Ferguson (SickKids) and Keith Power (Memorial University), shows that strong mental and physical health programs in schools have broad and long-lasting individual, social and economic impacts. But they say that despite the evidence, comprehensive school health programs are rarely implemented and are often squeezed out by other priorities.
Ferguson and Powers review a wide range of programs and measurement tools and their findings provide strong support for broader measures of success that include physical and mental health.

Why citizenship education matters

In the 1970's and 80's, the vast majority (more than 80%) of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in federal elections. In 2011, only 39% voted.

In a new paper released this week, University of New Brunswick professor Alan Sears argues that the "weak and fragmented" state of citizenship education in our schools may be one of the reasons for the plummeting voter rate. He says that developing clearer goals and success measures for citizenship education would help to turn around growing citizen disengagement among young people.
Citizenship is one of five new domains that People for Education is proposing should be added to broader goals and measures for our public schools.
People for Education is excited to have two new papers to add to our Measuring What Matters initiative. And in the New Year we're taking Measuring What Matters on the road - presenting at conferences in Cincinnati and Chicago, an international UNESCO/Brookings Institute conference in Kigali, Rwanda, and closer to home, in Ottawa and Toronto.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

There is more to education than the 3 R's: measuring what matters

Measuring What Matters

People For Education did a survey
More than 4000 people responded to the Measuring What Matters survey, and expressed strong support for broadening the goals for education to include areas beyond literacy and numeracy:
  • 84% said the general public definitely or probably does not understand how schools contribute to students' success in domains like social emotional skills, creativity, health and citizenship.
  • 47% would probably or definitely not assume that if a school has good literacy and numeracy scores it is doing a good job overall.
Percentage of respondents who agree with expanded goals and measures
 Set goalsExpand measures
Social-emotional skills89%79%
Quality Learning Environments96%89%
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