Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

The Ontario Liberal Party is committed to ensuring the people of Ontario have the skills and knowledge they need to find meaningful work, adapt to changing technologies, build skills to grow in their careers, and contribute to their communities. From early learning through to adult education, Ontario is building a world-leading culture of lifelong learning. As we continue to build a leading system of lifelong learning in Ontario, we need your best ideas about how to build a system that provides people what they need throughout their lives.
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Expand access to free, open textbooks for Ontario students

While the OSAP free tuition policies have been a tremendous step in reducing financial barriers for post-secondary students, textbooks continue to present a significant cost for many students.

Ontario made a great first step in supporting eCampus Ontario's Open Textbook Library (https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca/) that provides over 200 free, shareable, online textbooks for PSE students and faculty to use.

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Redirect EQAO Testing Funds

It is time to get rid of this destructive vestige of the Harris government of the late 1990s. It was implemented to:
a) fool Ontarians into thinking that the government was "doing something to improve education". This is a red herring. A one day test does not improve education. In fact, this type of standardized testing has caused significant harm over the last two decades.
b) follow the path that had been set in... more »

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Secondary School Mandatory Credits - Child Rearing

There should be a Mandatory course in Secondary School for all students on the stages of child development and how to support a child in its growth. It should not be a tiny part of the Physical and Health Ed Class. Currently, there are many mandatory courses but none in secondary deal with the stages of child development and how to access community resources for support. Without such knowledge, many children in our society... more »

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Early education

The government is currently making a mess of the early childcare and education sector. In beefing up regulations in the licensed childcare area, the government is making it impossible for child care centre operators to provide affordable care. The problem is over-regulation, with rules and regulations for the smallest things, many of which do not impact the health or safety of the children (but are “nice to have”).
As... more »

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Declare education an essential service

Education should be a basic human right for every Ontarian, not a bargaining chip for negotiation.

The government took a huge step forward this year with the new Ontario Student Grant taking effect and making post-secondary education accessible to all, regardless of income. This is the next logical step forward to avoiding a public education crisis at every level, elementary, secondary and post-secondary. We need to... more »

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Double the post-Ontario community college strike compensation cap

With community college students back in school, Ontario has announced two major compensations for students. While it is a good start, many students will be overlooked.

Following the end of the five-week college strike, the Government of Ontario announced two offers of compensation to community college students: a full tuition refund or $500. Students who do not wish to continue their semester will receive a full tuition... more »

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Restore fairness, service quality and value-for-tax-dollars in community colleges and the Broader Public Service

The recently-ended colleges strike has highlighted a systemic problem in the Broader Public Service, which according to Statistics Canada in 2011 included more than 640,000 Ontario employees in health and social service institutions, universities, vocational and trade institutions and local school boards in addition to community colleges. While wholly or largely taxpayer-funded, these myriad institutions each have their... more »

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Teacher Education

I think that we would see a great improvement in student learning if the requirements for becoming a teacher were more stringent. For a number of Faculties of Education, a university student must have only a C+ average in their university courses in order to be eligible to apply for a teaching degree. Once in the Faculty of Education, the student teachers are required to just pass their courses and complete their practical... more »

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Do Right By Part-Time Students

It’s time to explore the possibilities of funding students who seek to upskill, develop professionally, and pursue higher education. The reasons for taking on school or training in a part-time basis are numerous and reasonable:
- Working while pursuing further studies can have a reciprocally powerful effect; one stays current in the research thereby becoming more effective in their work, and builds a critical lens for... more »

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Student as Customer

There needs to be a cultural shift in our educational system to the student’s being the customer. Currently, at the post-secondary level the emphasis appears to be on "making money" and enhancing reputation at the expense of the students. Universities have become a business attracting more and more students with research being their primary objective.
Students have suffered in terms of the quality of instruction with... more »

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An Aboriginal Tourist & Educational Agency that Invites the World to Learn & Experience Their Ancient Way of Life

I’d love to see the development of an “Aboriginal Tourist & Educational Agency” that invites people from around the world who want to learn about the Aboriginal people’s ancient way of life and culture through experiential education.

All people, but particularly Ontario’s recent immigrants, school children and visitors, would be enlightened by a visit to Aboriginal historic sites, like Huronia, or Manitoulin Island,... more »

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CPR & AED Training in Schools

CPR training should be mandatory and AED's should be readily available and required in all schools.
In the case of cardiac arrest, every second counts. It's fatal if no quick actions are taken within minutes.
There's power in community—bystanders need to be ready to help save lives. Everyone should be trained to give effective chest compressions and know how to use an AED. About 60 per cent of cardiac arrests happen... more »

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Forgive Student Loan Debt

Forgive student loan debt so graduates can get to work and build their lives, not have to pay back loans for tuition that's now largely free for the current cohort of students.

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Mandate Consent Education in School Curriculum

Mandate Consent Education in School Curriculum

A woman is sexually assaulted in Canada every 17 minutes. Ontario has the opportunity to develop and implement innovative curriculum that addresses the monstrous gaps in the health education of both boys and girls.

Got Consent? is a popular campaign on university campuses across Canada, but the average university freshman is 18-19 years of age upon entering university... more »

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