Per student, Ontario universities’ operating expenditures on faculty salaries have been the lowest of all provinces for more than ten years… If one were to take the teaching models in each province as given and assume other expenditures were the same per student in other provinces as in Ontario, the proportion of Ontario expenditures directed to faculty is 22 per cent, compared to 27 per cent for the rest of Canada.
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Education Delivery Systemposted August 21, 2015 / No Comments
Students who use laptops during class also engage in “high-tech ‘doodling’ ” – sending e-mails, exchanging instant messages, surfing the Web… even when students use computers only for note-taking, they retain less information than students who take notes by hand… doodling online distracts not just the person on Facebook, but everyone around them. Laptops in class are like second-hand smoke
Education Delivery Systemposted July 23, 2015 / No Comments
Part of the reason the graduation rate is increasing is that standards for graduation have been lowered. … rather than simply blindly pursuing higher graduation rates, we should also be pausing and reflecting on what exactly we want a high-school diploma to mean. After all, while we want as many students to succeed as possible, if we make the bar too low, we run the risk that achieving a high-school diploma will lose all meaning.
Education Delivery Systemposted July 7, 2015 / No Comments
Ontario’s system has become a model of equity and inclusiveness in education and, as a result, in student achievement. Much of this is due to a shift to so-called outcomes-based learning and assessment. In this model, the child is taught as an individual with unique skills and needs and evaluated on the basis of what he or she can demonstrate and the teacher can observe… When classes are too large and teachers denied adequate prep time, the approach is unsustainable.
Education Delivery Systemposted June 29, 2015 / No Comments
The cohabitation of Western and indigenous knowledge on campuses has the power to open a dialogue among cultures, enhance our mutual understanding and make change happen. There is a moral, social and economic imperative to act… Among the 13 principles to be announced this week is institutional commitment at every level to develop more opportunities for indigenous students. That means everything from community partnerships to financial assistance, academic support and mentorship.
Education Delivery Systemposted June 9, 2015 / No Comments
… Canadian universities are in the business of mass education. We take entire generations of Canadians, tens of thousands of them recent immigrants, and give them access to the middle classes. Fancy American schools are in the business of offering boutique education to a very tiny, coddled minority, giving them access to the upper classes. That’s a really fundamental difference… The accessibility of the political system… serves to siphon off a lot of political energy, putting it to better use
Education Delivery Systemposted April 13, 2015 / No Comments
… enrolling in applied math in Grade 9 means there’s almost no chance a teen will go to university, says a startling new report… The OECD, an international organization representing developed nations, has also repeatedly warned that offering applied-like courses leads to lower achievement, lower expectations of the students by teachers and, at times, a “low quality learning experience,” usually for students from less affluent homes.
Education Delivery Systemposted April 8, 2015 / No Comments
In total, public school enrolment in Ontario dropped from 2.16 million in 2001-02 to 2.04 million in 2011-12, a 5.5 per cent decrease. Spending on public schools in Ontario increased 62.4 per cent… on a per student basis… 72 per cent, from $7,047 to $12,117. Yet dramatic increases in spending aren’t necessarily associated with increases in achievement.
Education Delivery Systemposted March 31, 2015 / No Comments
The roughly 6% of Canadian teenagers who attend private schools — from the grandest boarding school for the global elite to the most modest independent religious school — gain advantages that only increase as the students continue into higher and graduate education… parents of private school students had incomes 25% higher… 10% of public school students had a parent who completed a graduate or professional degree, compared with 25% of private school students.
Education Delivery Systemposted March 18, 2015 / No Comments
Real revenue per student has been going up… but costs have been going up faster than the CPI. Every year there is a gap between revenues and costs of about one to two per cent. So every year, some retiring full-time professors are not replaced and budget cuts must be made across all activities… Presidents, professors, and graduate students are well paid. Part-time instructors not so well. And it is they who must cobble together an annual living on course-by-course contracts…