In a previous post I questioned the value of paperwork in education (Rethinking “Education for All” Charts: Does Paperwork Improve Teaching?). Since then, I have been sent this link, an account of what happens when education is no longer what comes first in a school board. It is an hour long, but if you care about education at all, it is worth the 60 minutes.
If you can’t get it on the above link, try:
I believe it is free.
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Toronto District School Board states on its web site that 45% of its graduates are Ontario Scholars. To be an Ontario Scholar, a student must have an average of 80% on her top six subjects. The question is: should this be a cause for pride or embarrassment?
Yup, 45% are Ontario Scholars, but can you tell the difference?
A second question: when the averages of Ontario Scholars were heavily influenced by the results of the provincial exams, there were fewer Ontario Scholars. Why the change?
Third question: How do we know that each board is providing equally thorough educations in all the subjects offered and applying the same standards in formative and summative evaluations?
I would love to hear from the high school teachers on this topic. I am sure you have well supported opinions on this.
Posted in Academic standards, education, effort, excellence, goals, graduate, High school, LEARNING, Ontario Scholars, provincial exams, SCHOOL, secondary school, Toronto District School Board
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