From Vancouver to St. John’s, the demand for French immersion has been soaring out of sight. Anxious parents camp out on the sidewalk to snag precious enrollment spots for their kids. School districts such as the sprawling Peel Region west of Toronto have been forced to introduce a lottery system. About 12 years ago, just 10 per cent of the region’s Grade 1 students were enrolled in French immersion. Today it’s 25 per cent.
The Edmonton Public School Board will review its grading policy, which caused an uproar across the country after teacher Lynden Dorval was suspended for giving students zeros at his high school.
Trustees voted unanimously at a board meeting Tuesday to review how students are graded after hearing from Dorval, who spoke out against no-zero marking in a brief presentation.
An Edmonton teacher who refused to go along with his school's "no-zero" policy has been fired.
Lynden Dorval, a physics teacher at Ross Sheppard High School, was suspended in May for awarding zeros for work that wasn't handed in or tests not taken, even though it went against the school's policy of not awarding zeros.
Talking about money is often considered a taboo, but many Canadian elementary schoolchildren may soon find the sensitive subject on their curriculum, part of a broader effort to encourage financial literacy among the young.
The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education wants elementary schools to devote classroom time on April 17 to teach money management skills, with a focus on Grade 7 students.
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party wants to halt the rollout of full-day kindergarten, increase class sizes, cut 10,000 support staff positions, introduce standardized testing for Grade 8 students to measure their scientific knowledge, and build new schools faster in burgeoning suburbs.
Students at Herman Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, are learning metal-cutting through a partnership of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and local machining, and tool and die shops. Students in the program say it could help address a shortage in the area of young workers with technical job skills. The program allows students to earn credits toward a general machinist's apprenticeship, while earning a high-school diploma.
Erin Anderssen -- The Supreme Court of Canada recently awarded Jeffrey Moore, a student with dyslexia, about £62,546 for private-school tuition after the North Vancouver school board cut a programme for dyslexia to save money. Some say the decision could mean more parents will seek private-school tuition reimbursement if they disagree with a school's proposed programme.
Language can be a hot-button issue in Canada, and the latest census data are sure to stoke the debate. They indicate that Canadians are increasingly speaking more than one language in the home—but not necessarily one of Canada’s two official languages.
Michael B. Sauter & Alexander E.M. Hess -- College graduation rates continued to improve around the world during the recession, according to a recent international economic study. In more developed countries, the percentage of adults with the equivalent of a college degree rose to more than 30 percent in 2010. In the United States, it was more than 40 percent, which is among the highest percentages in the world.
In this blog post, Janni Aragon, a senior instructor of political science at the University of Victoria in Canada, writes that teachers should be trained to handle more emotional situations. In her own academic career, Aragon says she was faced with helping students handle emotional situations involving violence, finances and other issues.
Despite fierce loyalty from many who see them as a specialized oasis for the turbulent tweens, middle schools are under fresh attack in studies that question their academic benefits. A study last week from the C.D. Howe Institute showed Ontario Grade 6 students who attend middle schools score about 5 per cent lower on standardized tests than those who attend K-8 schools.
While many B.C. school boards are struggling with declining enrolments and school closings, one is booming. Its student population has almost tripled in 15 years and it’s looking to find or build new schools across the province.
No, the boom is not among religious schools or private schools for the children of the well-off. It’s in the public francophone school system, which provides education for students who qualify, under the Canadian Charter of Rights, to receive their education in French.