April 17, 2013
Education Ontario and The Monkey On My Back
Decided to break away from my usual format of the daily sketch and focus on an opinion piece for my OP/ED section.
Education in my hometown, Ontario Canada, is a controversial topic. Eduction isn't simply enough that a teacher's main responsibility is to their student's education and learning. Over the years many additional responsibilities have been added to public education by our provincial government. Some might say they've been dumped onto the elementary teachers laps irrespective of teacher's concerns.
The Ontario Government has been relying more heavily on standardized testing as a model for determining the overall status of school performance. Teachers who teach grade 3 and 6 especially feel the additional pressure in preparing their students for the standardized tests on top of their already loaded expectations.
There has been much debate over the topic of standardized tests and educational performance, and debates over the health of public education in Ontario and whether our province is producing brilliant minds or mindless minions. You decide...