I’m really proud of this. Give it a listen please.

If you have 40 minutes today give a listen to this week’s episode of The 905er. I’m really proud of this episode and is what we hoped to accomplish with this medium and format.

This seems to have been lost in the news yesterday

The problem is bigger than any board can handle

Last night the Halton Catholic School Board held a special meeting to discuss options on how to return to school safely in the fall. I have a student in the board and currently sit on the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee. So this meeting was important to me. It was a long meeting running four hours approximately. I’ll link to it below here if you want to watch it yourself. Be warned though it’s just shy of four hours:

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Is Mr. Lecce taking the summer off?

Yesterday, Ontario Minister for Education Stephen Lecce announced new math curriculum for implementation in the fall. I’ve looked at the announcement. As a parent I’ll admit, I rather like the changes. Coding, budgeting, and basically financial literacy all are excellent tools to teach our children to succeed at life.

What good is it though, if it can’t be taught to children properly? Based on feedback from parents and teachers, it can generally be assumed that distance learning has not been a resounding success. Replicating the in classroom experience is impossible in a virtual setting. Shortcomings abound in the software and the experience itself does not encourage learning amongst students, regardless of age. A lot of work needs to be done to build a new teaching platform that accomplishes the task of educating our students on what is needed. As well, as train and educate teachers, support staff and boards on how to properly implement and use it. To say this is a monumental undertaking is an understatement.

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It’s not a failure to stop now

I’m writing this as Ontario’s Minister of Education Stephen Lecce is planning to announce the plans for remainder of the school year. Right now, the state of emergency in Ontario has been extended until June 2nd. What happens after that date is anyone’s guess right now.

Right now parents and educators are wondering if the remainder of the school year will be spent inside school walls or not. Quebec’s big open was cut short due to the fact that the Montreal region is still not under control in terms of new COVID-19 cases. In France, images from their new school yard protocols invoke images of prison rather than school.

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What do you do when you shoot yourself in the foot?

Let me start by saying, the Ontario PC idea to give money to parents during the rotating strikes by the teacher’s unions, is a really dumb move. It single handedly undermines their entire bargaining position. Did no one at the Ministers office say out loud, what the public perception would be to this about face? I’m sure they thought of it as public relations coup, but in reality it’s turned into a real disaster.

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