Literacy · Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Why is the government ignoring literacy disparities and the gender divide in conversations about de-streaming in Ontario?

Let me summarize this for everyone just to bring it home:

  1. The largest identifiable ‘group’ of students in Applied high school courses in Ontario are white males.
  2. There is a significant achievement gap in literacy skills between female and male students in Ontario.
  3. There is a significant achievement gap in literacy skills between Academic and Applied students in Ontario.

Teaching Reflections · Topics for Parents and Students

Yes, Students Should Write Exams

Although exams are an ‘option’ for course culminating tasks at the secondary level in Ontario, it is my belief that they should be mandatory. In the current world of education, they really are one of the only methods of generating authentic learning from students. Moreover, they allow students opportunities for independence, resilience and confidence – all attributes that students in our modern world are desperately in need of.