It was launched with big fanfare – a comprehensive review of Ontario’s education curriculum.
According to an August media release, it was to focus on improving math scores, preparing students for future jobs, improve standardized testing and “build a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sex-ed and legalization of cannabis.”
The consultations – which began in September and will end in mid-December – involve telephone town halls and online submissions, but no formal meetings with teachers, educators or the unions that represent them.
“It’s unclear to me that there was a real purpose to these consultations,” Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) told CityNews. “I don’t object to consultations, and I wish they would be consulting us more frequently because the ministry has largely closed its door to our input over the last few months, which is highly problematic when they’re