By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Fri., March 15, 2019 Education Minister Lisa Thompson unveiled the Ford government’s reforms Friday morning at the Ontario Science Centre — reforms based on consultations the province has been holding since last fall. High school classes will grow to an average of 28 students, up from the current 22, though class caps in the early elementary years will remain, Thompson announced as part of a package of system reforms. The government will not alter kindergarten class sizes — and also did not announce any changes to the program. Limits for Grades 1-3 also remain. Class sizes averages from Grades 4-8 will stay at 24.5 or less, with a slight funding change. Article Continued Below Thompson also announced changes to the health/sex-ed curriculum, which keeps lessons on learning the proper names of body parts in Grade 1 but moves discussion of gender identity and gender expression to Grade 8. While … [Read more...] about Ford government announces hikes to high school class sizes, but no changes to kindergarten
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By Taryn Grant StarMetro Halifax Thu., Oct. 18, 2018 HALIFAX—Hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotia families send their kids off to public school each day with some degree of trust that the system will take care of their education. But, for a variety of reasons, that trust is sometimes broken. About three to four per cent opt out of the public system each year, and some among them are abundantly clear about their reasons for leaving. “I really felt like there was nothing that the public school could offer for my child,” said Jocelyn Green, the mother of a 10th-grader who left the public system two years ago. From primary grade until the first semester of Grade 8, Keith Green went to Halifax public schools, but according to his mom he didn’t quite fit the mould of the education he was being given. “Public school is designed for a certain type of child and then they push it on everyone,” she said. “There’s no … [Read more...] about Meet two Halifax families who pulled their kids from public school
Dr. Frank D. Gorrez, PhD, an agronomist who graduated from UP Los Baños, shares with us a farming syllabus that he helped develop with the Shalom Science Institute for teachers, students and farmers in Banago, Balabagan, Lanao Del Sur, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The syllabus, which he called Training and Technology Transfer System or 3TS, was to comply with a requirement of the Department of Education for senior high school students. It was started in 2016, and nurtured until 2018 until it was sustainable. The 3TS program that Dr. Gorrez helped develop is a reminder of the immense role that the educational system can contribute to encouraging our students to appreciate the value of agriculture, while at the same time taking a more active role in the community by bringing new technologies to the local farmers and households. Senior high school students in barrios and rural towns have a better affinity to the land that their counterparts in the cities do, and because of … [Read more...] about Rural school’s role in agriculture
Are school graduates achieving the 21st century education? Witnessing the three samplings of graduation addresses from preschool, elementary school to professional high school at the five Operation Brotherhood Montessori schools, has allowed me to gauge if these students have fulfilled the four pillars of UNESCO 21st Century Education. It matches perfectly Dr. Montessori’s four “Periods of Man’s Construction” in pursuit of lifelong self-reliance. Pillar I Learning to Be refers to the Absorbent Mind of early childhood, Pillar II Learning to Learn cites the enormous reasoning power of six to 12 years, Pillar III Learning to Earn alludes to the economic independence of 12 to 18 years and Pillar IV Learning to Live Well With One Another, 18 to 24 years. Are our new senior high school graduates succeeding to build their manhood? The wisdom of investing in quality preschool first Preschool parent and O.B. Montessori, Angeles, … [Read more...] about Are school graduates achieving the 21st century education?
The person or persons, of higher rank than centre-director level, were identified during the PACC’s fact-finding inquiry, conducted with the Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Office of the Auditor-General in the past month, through a clear trail of embezzled-money transactions, he said. “As the evidence now links to officials of higher rank than the centre-director level, the legal actions to prosecute them per the criminal code will be forwarded to the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission [NACC],” Kornthip said. He added that the accused senior officials’ supervisors would also be asked to launch disciplinary investigations. The PACC focuses on corruption cases involving low-ranking officials, while the NACC handles corruption cases involving politicians and high-ranking officials. The PACC will today announce the results of its investigation into 37 provincial protection centres for the destitute, with each case involving … [Read more...] about Welfare graft mastermind to be named today as senior bureaucrats under fire