Ontario math education is in the news

April 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm 1 comment

Today, the Economics Club of Canada is hosting a lunch & panel discussion titled Closing the Numeracy Gap: Maintaining Ontario’s Prosperity Demands Reversing Our Decline in Numeracy, the panelists including: Ann Sado, Don Drummond, and Gerry Connelly (former director of TDSB).

Today’s Star (print edition) includes an article titled Math Failing to Make the Grade (Louise Brown, pp GT 1, 3) which discusses a report by Graham Orpwood and Emily Sandford Brown titled Closing the Numeracy Gap: An urgent assignment for Ontario. (Oct 2015, executive summary and full report)

From the preface (p. i) of the full report:

“Numeracy is an essential skill for life and work in the 21st century and beyond, and the Ontario economy will not develop as it could if levels of numeracy continue to decline. We argue here that a “gap” has emerged between the numeracy needs and abilities of Ontarians, a gap that urgently requires closing. The schools have an important part to play, of course, but they cannot do the job alone. Society must demand that the government make the structural and policy changes required. We offer this paper both as an indication of possible and practical ways forward and as an appeal for action.”

Go here for the numeracy.ca website and write/post a message to  Kathleen Wynne (the Premier of Ontario), Liz Sandals (Minister of Education), and Reza Moridi (Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities) requesting a roundtable on numeracy – “The proposed roundtable is the first step to researching and recommending concrete actions. It must include all four stakeholders: parents, educators, businesses and government, and be mandated to set Ontario on a newly competitive course. A five-year plan needs to be developed with actionable, measurable steps.

Blog article announcing April 4  Ministry news release on investment in math.

Check ’em out!



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