Put shop classes back into the high schools. Not everyone wants to or needs to go to university to have a successful life.
Unemployment is way too high, and there are far too many new/young teachers in the group. Similarly, many Pension Plans (including the Teachers' Fund) are on an unsustainable path and will need to be modified through a combination of higher premiums, lower benefits, and/or higher retirement ages. To help with all of the above, retired teachers should not be offered; nor be allowed to accept any part-time position, full-time ...more »
Special education needs have increased dramatically in the last few years. More and more students with Autism are entering the school system and it is becoming increasingly difficult to support these students the way they deserve to be supported. I would like to see policies and funding examined to ensure that these students are receiving the quality of education that they are entitled to receive.
Lower the cost for students to attend school
Currently, students in high school only take half a credit on civics education. Civics education and training students to be active, engaged citizens should be a full credit course.
It is essential in the new economy that Ontario strengthen its efforts to promote career-focused programs. An important step would be expanding the range of degree programs at the province’s colleges. Ontario’s public colleges already offer four-year degree programs. However, this province is one of the few jurisdictions in the world where graduates of a three-year post-secondary program can only earn a diploma, rather ...more »
To get more teachers onside, especially elementary teachers, the EQAO needs rethinking. This was a Mike Harris initiative and costs a lot of money. If the PCs get into power, this will used to rank teachers and schools. The Fraser institute uses the results to rank schools and it is influencing people to move to certain neighbourhoods. The EQAO tests should either be eliminated, moved to randomized testing, where not ...more »
EQAO is not real standardized testing and is a massive waste of money and instructional time which could be better used to teach children actual curriculum content.
This policy would seek to allow youth to pre-register to vote upon the age of 15, and making the voter registration a part of the Ontario grade 10 civics course, to increase the level of engagement and attachment youth would have in the democratic process before they vote upon turning 18. Australia and several American states allow for voter registration below the age of 18, and there there is a positive correlation ...more »
Mental Health services and education in the province of Ontario need to be examined and improved. Youth suffering from intense mental health problems are not being served as they need to be. Wait lists for assistance are extensive, help lines are inadequate, and knowledge about what services do exist is limited. The system itself appears to be evaluated based on how many youth it serves, rather than on how many youth ...more »
Currently, the OTG does not apply to students who have graduated from high school more than 4 years ago, which makes going to school for mature students or students requiring to take a 5th year much less appealing due to financial reasons as these students are not able to get the 30% off tuition that others are. There should be a change made to the OTG to allow mature students or students who graduated high school over ...more »
Ontario high schools should implement a mandatory life finance course as a prerequisite to graduating. While parents should be preparing children for independence, schools could also take a more active role in this process. Course content could include simple exercises in weekly budgets, a field trip to a local grocery store, understanding first time vehicle ownership and insurance, etc. Ontario's youth deserve a fair ...more »