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Ontario’s buck-a-beer playbook is coming to a campus near you — with tuition discounts too good to be true

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

… you don’t need a university degree to know that discounted tuition comes at a cost… This isn’t the first government to promise reduced post-secondary costs. The difference is the Tories won’t be making up the difference — because the money will come straight off the bottom line of Ontario’s cash-strapped colleges and universities.

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Changes to Ontario tuition are unfair and short-sighted

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Despite the superficial appeal of the tuition cut, the reality is that the families who will benefit the most from it are higher-income ones that currently do not qualify for any tuition fee grants… A 10-per-cent decrease in tuition fees is a drop in the bucket of the costs… less than 2 per cent of the estimated financial costs of attending college and university associated with attending college or university…

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Sex-ed critics fear that it may ‘give kids ideas.’ But that would be a good thing.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The fundamental complaint of those who oppose modernizing sex-ed seems to be that it will “give kids ideas” – in other words, that teaching about sexuality will lead to sexual experimentation… Parents absolutely have a right to inculcate values on their offspring. But that does not extend to imposing ignorance on others. That is especially true because we know that unawareness and naïveté do not prevent young people from having sex – it simply makes them more likely to make poor choices.

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Ontario government’s lawyer says teachers can use own judgment in sex-ed lessons

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

ETFO president Sam Hammond said he was surprised to hear the government’s position on using the 2015 curriculum as a resource… He said that if the government had told teachers that they were free to use their professional judgment and the 2015 curriculum as a resource in implementing the current curriculum, “we wouldn’t be here today, quite frankly.” Instead, Mr. Hammond said the government chose to publicly threaten teachers.

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Teacher supply goes from glut to scarcity in a few short years

Friday, January 11th, 2019

First-year teacher unemployment in Ontario dropped from 38 percent in 2013 to 14 percent by 2017 and is “well into the single digits” this year… Among the contributing factors, say observers, is the slowly rising number of teacher retirements coupled with increasing school enrolments in parts of the country, cuts to teacher education programs, patchy applicant interest after years of hearing there were no jobs, and region-specific circumstances that have impacted supply and demand.

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As parents of complex special-needs kids, we know inclusive education doesn’t work

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

… inclusion – a system which seeks to include special-needs students in regular classrooms – does not work for complex special-needs students (those, for example, with low functioning autism, Down syndrome, a physical disability and/or who are medically fragile.) However, it can work for mid and moderate special-needs students. (Those with dyslexia for example, or high-functioning Down syndrome or autism.)… The truth is that both camps have their place in education.

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Advocates for students with disabilities call on Ontario to stop school exclusions

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Autism advocates in Ontario are calling on the province to remove a principal’s power to exclude students from school for an indefinite period, saying it is being misused as a disciplinary measure that disproportionately targets children with special needs… families with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities are increasingly being asked to pick up kids early, start the school day later or simply keep them home for days.

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Educating Grayson: Are inclusive classrooms failing students?

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Paul Bennett, an education consultant based in Halifax, says a movement to make the classroom the be-all and end-all of inclusion is shortsighted. “The system is not built to accommodate the range of diversity we now have in our school system,” he says. In the case of children… who have the most complex and acute needs, Mr. Bennett says the public education system should provide one-on-one intensive supports and only provide alternative school settings if integration doesn’t work.

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Sex-ed consult website flooded by ‘certain groups’ who may have skewed results, Ford says

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Out of roughly 1,600 submissions to the ForTheParents.ca website obtained through a freedom of information request, roughly two dozen supported the Progressive Conservative government’s decision to repeal the document and temporarily replace it with one based on the 1998 curriculum… The 1998 curriculum that temporarily replaced the scrapped document was panned by critics who said it didn’t address themes like gender identity, consent and cyber-safety.

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Auditor General’s claims about OSAP inaccurate and irresponsible

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Contrary to the Auditor General’s flawed claims, there is ample evidence to suggest that, in the long term, increasing the amount and availability of non-repayable grants are the best means to remove the financial barriers faced by students wishing to pursue a postsecondary education… Since the program is income tested, it should be inferred that the 25 per cent increase in uptake is, in fact, from families who would otherwise be incurring high levels of debt.

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