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‘White hot’ angry youth ready to protest education cuts

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Throughout Ford’s tenure as premier, he has attacked education from every available angle. First, he slashed the sexual education curriculum; then, he cancelled an updated Indigenous education plan; lately, in what almost feels like a show of gratuitous violence, he’s been taking aim at special needs funding, class sizes, phone usage, teacher jobs, and more. It’s infuriating and… for our province’s most vulnerable students, catastrophic.

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OUSA releases policy paper “Student Financial Aid”

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Students are concerned about the inconsistency of OSAP eligibility, unreasonable expected contributions, confusing user experiences through the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC), insufficient data collection, lack of financial literacy, and the increase in student debt… Overarching recommendations include improving consistency in OSAP eligibility, making expected contributions reasonable, clarifying the user experience, increasing data collection, and improving the effectiveness of grants and loans.

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To humanize Muslims, let’s start in the classroom

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Most Canadian students seemingly go through the education system without ever hearing about the plurality of the world’s histories, cultures, faiths and traditions, including Islam and Muslims… With such omissions, are school curriculums not unwittingly contributing to the dehumanization of Muslims and negating Islam’s place in world history?

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Ontario teachers’ union says increased class sizes could result in thousands of lost jobs, vows to fight the changes

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Ms. Thompson has said that the increases in high-school class sizes would bring them in line with class sizes in other jurisdictions… She has also said earlier this week that increases in high-school class sizes will help students become more resilient, and better prepare them for university and work… Those comments were criticized by educators, who say she provided no evidence to back up her claim.

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Why is Doug Ford so mean to children?

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

According to Thompson, larger class sizes will build “confidence and resiliency” in children who must learn to cope in “the world of work.” This despite solid research showing that kids build resiliency through positive and stable relationships. As a result, Twitter erupted with mocking posts using the hashtag #moreresilient. She’s only repeating the lessons being taught in caucus.

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We should ban cellphones from classrooms. The research backs that up

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Our most effective teachers, though, have adopted coping strategies and already utilize some form of check-in and check-out system for devices. The Ontario government’s initiative is more about helping to re-establish purposeful, productive classrooms for the majority of teachers as well as those students struggling in our schools… Classrooms will simply be better places for learning without the constant and distracting presence of the devices.

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Ford government to boost school funding to deal with influx of students with autism

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

… school boards had been writing to Thompson, as well as Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, with their concerns about how the controversial autism overhaul could create an unsustainable burden on schools as of April 1, when the new program takes effect. A large protest last week drew hundreds of families to Queen’s Park… “This funding will allow school boards to make sure there are proper supports available during the transition from therapy to school.”

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In a shift on Canadian campuses driven by Trump policies, Indian students now outnumber Chinese

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Last year 172,000 students with Indian citizenship held a study permit for Canada, vaulting past the 142,000 from China… drawn partly by the low value of the loonie relative to the U.S. dollar. But more importantly they come for the simpler path to work permits and immigration credentials… It’s a lucrative popularity for Canadian universities. At the University of Toronto, for instance, domestic arts and science students paid $6,780 in tuition fees for the current school year, while international students paid $49,800 – a seven-fold difference.

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Student fees bankroll ‘crazy Marxist’ councils, says Premier Doug Ford

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Only programs that support transit, health and wellness — like athletics, walk-safe programs or counselling — and career services will be mandatory… “He seems to think his opt-out plan will help students and defund radical organizations. What he will actually defund are diversity clubs, student newspapers, (LGBT) centres, food banks, walk-home programs, Indigenous centres, and other important programming,” said Hunter.

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Experts call Ontario’s full-day kindergarten ‘visionary.’ The Ford government is eyeing changes

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program is in a class by itself. With a full-time teacher and full-time early childhood educator working together, it provides a unique staffing model and two-year curriculum for the province’s 4- and 5-year-olds… a hasty change that will likely inhibit the social and economic progress being made, is irresponsible.”

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