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The politics of math curriculum

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

While mathematical theory is objective, teaching mathematics in our educational system and how it is experienced is complicated by layers of identity. This is true for mathematics, science, history, and all other curricular subjects.  Math has also been used to normalize racism and white supremacy, which undergird systemic inequities, including biased algorithms and the disproportionate educational streaming of Black and Indigenous students.

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Those who care about math education for all should focus on results, not rhetoric about colonialism

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

To the government’s credit, it took a big step in that direction vowing to end streaming in Grade 9 — making young teenagers choose between “academic” and “applied” tracks in high school. There are stacks of evidence that this has had a disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous and poor students, limiting their opportunities for the future… The real test will be if the government follows through and makes sure the intent in that paragraph is translated into action and results.

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Why Canada’s COVID recovery needs to include international students

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

While these temporary, one-time initiatives certainly provide interim relief for international students… we need to consider more sustainable measures… Our governments should also provide additional funding to colleges and universities to make it easier for international students to access better institutional support. Decades of government cuts to post-secondary funding has arguably made these institutions far too reliant on international tuition fees.

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A University in Tatters

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

InsideHigherEd.com – news April 29, 2021.   By Colleen Flaherty Laurentian University’s financial insolvency leads to 110 faculty layoffs and grave questions about the future of the institution and its three federated universities — including one of Canada’s oldest Indigenous studies programs. ONTARIO CONFEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS Department by department, 100 faculty members at Laurentian […]

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Universities are dying while businesses are being bailed out by government

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

We need to demand decent levels of government funding for all Ontario universities, especially underfunded Northern Ontario universities, which collectively receive only 4.2 per cent of all Ontario university students. Even a one-percent boost, encouraged by subsidized residences and meal plans would have meant a guaranteed future for Laurentian, and would have avoided this current crisis.

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Laurentian University is in peril, and it’s not alone. Governments have systematically underfunded universities and colleges across the country for decades

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

It is not due to faculty salaries, as the number of full-time faculty has actually declined over the last decade. Nor is it due to enrolment which has remained stable over the last decade… In addition to the government funding drought… campus modernization has left Laurentian with big mortgages on still half-empty buildings… [Laurentian] provides jobs for around 1,000 people, educates over 9,000 students and undertakes world-class research.

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Is it time for Ontario to end Catholic school funding?

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

… such a move would save taxpayers an estimated $1.6 billion a year… And school boards across Ontario are facing huge financial crunches, with dropping enrolment often resulting in half-empty schools… a single public system would also mean thousands of students could attend schools closer to home and put a permanent end to calls for public funding for schools operated by Jewish, Muslim and Christian fundamentalists groups.

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OCUFA: As Laurentian’s funding crisis continues, Ministry of Colleges and Universities refuses to take action

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

… at a meeting with OCUFA, Ministry representatives said the government intends to wait until after the university has been dramatically restructured through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act(CCAA) to determine its next steps… “For years we have been warning about the government’s chronic underfunding of Ontario’s universities and the negative impact it would have on students and education quality,” said Rahul Sapra, President of OCUFA.

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We are not visible minorities; we are the global majority

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Describing someone as a visible minority situates whiteness as the reference standard and the norm by which all people are judged. It is a term of disempowerment that promotes the othering of racialized peoples and implies subordination to white power structures… If we are to end white supremacy in this country, we need to change our discourse on race. This requires changing the way we think and speak about Canada’s racialized population.

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Before COVID-19, inequity in healthcare was, in effect, a pandemic for Black communities. Here are five issues that need to be addressed

Friday, February 5th, 2021

“Race is not the determinant of health. Racism is”…it’s more to do with systemic barriers that make these illnesses more likely, such as disproportionate stress and lack of access to nutritious food… Dealing with small, daily instances of racism can overtime lead to poorer health outcomes… “This stress, whether it is daily stress or overt … can result in illness”… rates of under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed mental illness in the Black community, have “shocked” [Marshall]

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