Friday, November 25, 2011

Focus on Education: A Weekly Ontario News Update - November 26, 2011

A review of the week's education news in Ontario, including some noteworthy items from other provinces or the US.

Education Quality and Accountability Office to Release Ontario Student Results on National Reading, Math and Science Test
At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2011, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will release Ontario student results from the 2010 Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) test.
Canada Newswire, November 25, 2011

York Region parents pull students from school in classroom Wi-Fi protest
A group of parents in a school district north of Toronto kept their children out of school Wednesday to protest the use of Wi-Fi in classrooms.
Globe and Mail, November 23, 2011

No recess from French as Montreal schools move to scan playground chatter
The playgrounds, hallways and cafeterias of Quebec's largest school board will soon be French-only zones as authorities move to silence other languages — even during recess.
Ottawa Citizen, November 26, 2011

Start school at 2, study urges
Every Canadian child should have access to publicly funded early childhood education starting at age 2 in their local school, says a new report based on an “avalanche of evidence” that shows how such programming can transform kids' lives.
Toronto Star, November 22, 2011

Get kids into school at age 2; study says children and the economy would benefit
An early childhood education study is recommending publicly funded preschool education for all Canadian kids beginning at age two.
Winnipeg Free Press, November 22, 2011

Quebec, PEI, Manitoba surge ahead on early childhood education
Over the course of his career, Fraser Mustard became known for big ideas that linked diverse fields, from medicine to psychology, and later, to education. He devoted his final major report, released less than a week after his death, to early childhood learning, leaving the provinces with a way to measure and compare their preschool systems.
Globe and Mail, November 22, 2011

Report suggests Canadian kids enter school earlier
Canadian toddlers — not five-year-olds — may be the ones posing for "first-day-of-school" snapshots taken by proud parents, if provincial governments adopt recommendations from the latest report on early-childhood education.
Ottawa Citizen, November 22, 2011

First Nations sue Ottawa over right to education
More than two dozen aboriginal communities have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit accusing the federal government of violating a promise made more than 130 years ago.
CBC, November 23, 2011

School boards want to make mental health a priority
Schools need to make children’s mental health a priority, says the president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
The Record, November 22, 2011

McGuinty vows to improve First Nations schools
Premier Dalton McGuinty made a surprise commitment in Tuesday’s throne speech to improve standards in First Nations schools.
Toronto Star, November 22, 2011

The face of education: is it too white?
Malton math teacher Krishna Nankissoor says he was twice denied a promotion to be head of his department and blames it on the fact he was South Asian.
Toronto Star, November 18, 2011

Africentric school against everything city stands for
The Toronto District School Board made a terrible mistake when it approved an Africentric high school this week. Public schools based on racial background are an affront to everything Toronto stands for.
Globe and Mail, November 18, 2011