Franco-Ontarian teachers join the strike: Here’s what is at stake for them

(La version française se trouve ici)  The Association des enseignants et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) represents French-language elementary and secondary teachers across Ontario. Last December, 97 per cent of AEFO’s members voted in support of strike action. In January, they initiated work-to-rule action. This week they are holding a one-day…
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Les écoles franco-ontariennes elles aussi débrayent : Les enjeux pour ces écoles

L’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) représente les enseignantes et enseignants et des travailleuses et travailleurs des écoles élémentaires et secondaires franco-ontariennes. En décembre, 97 pour cent des membres de l’AEFO ont voté pour un mandat de grève. En janvier, ils ont débuté une grève du zèle. À…
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Familiarity Breeds Resistance: Harris-era parents know there’s nothing innovative about Ontario’s education cuts

I came of age as an activist and researcher when Mike Harris blustered his way into power in the 90s. His education minister, John Snobelen, famously a high school dropout, was much more comfortable referring to students as “clients,” parents as “customers” and teachers as “front line service providers,” and…
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Oil Together Now: Who’s really playing politics in the classroom?

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is very concerned that teachers in classrooms across the province are turning students into anti-oil zealots. Her evidence? Two multiple-choice questions from a grade 10 Social Studies test, reportedly sent by a parent, that appear to cast aspersions on oilsands development (the offending options have…
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How not to engage parents: Lessons from the Ontario Ministry of Education

Public engagement is a double-edged sword: do it right and invigorate democratic institutions; do it wrong and fuel distrust in government. The Education in Ontario Consultation offers a glaring example of public engagement gone wrong. Here’s why. View the story Menu Introduction Choosing a public engagement model Rolling out the…
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