MPP Yasir Naqvi announced yesterday more than 47 million dollars for school projects in Ottawa's public board. But as the old saying goes, schools are more than bricks and mortar. Our education columnist Joel Westheimer tells Robyn the space where students' learn matters more than you think.
Are students sorted into advanced or "applied" courses based on family income?
There's a new report out on applied high school courses, and the people who take them in Ontario. The report was written by the advocacy group People for Education. It found the bulk of teenagers taking "applied" courses in Ontario continue to come from low-income households despite the fact streaming was officially abolished in 1999. Our education columnist Joel Westheimer weighs in on the study, and the concept of streaming.
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In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. -Lee Iacocca, automobile executive (b. 1924)
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This blog is based on my 25 years as a teacher in Ottawa, and a couple of years with NNDSB. I have time to reflect and put my experiences and opinions out there for others. Teaching is a collective experience, best shared. Visit my resume for more about my teaching background and credentials.