Public Education in 2020

bob the dog

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News about the Ontario Teachers Pension fund being one of the largest and most influential institutional investment funds in the country is another example of where public education dollars flow away from being an investment in the education of the next generation.

Talk about an opportunity for AI to save billions but they will never let it happen. Hearing Manitoba is consolidating 37 regional school divisions into one provincial group is a long overdue step in the right direction. It must have been quite the annual convention. Again nothing going towards educating children.
 
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bob the dog

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Ontario calling it a day and going to remote learning for elementary and secondary schools. Typical that they schedule it to start after spring break cause the system is so in need of a rest.

The idea of having an educator try to maintain some form of teacher / student relationship with the students at home is the same idiocy that decided to start the year back in September. Students are the least of priorities of the school system.

I hope they go to remote learning permanently or at least until it is proven to be less effective than the current system.
 
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Teacher with hand in pants seen during Bowmanville online class
School board, police looking into video clip posted online

Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:May 03, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 1 minute read • 24 Comments
A screengrab from a clip of a virtual classroom session at St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School in Bowmanville shows a man with his hand down his pants.
A screengrab from a clip of a virtual classroom session at St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School in Bowmanville shows a man with his hand down his pants.
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School officials say they’re “aware” of a video of a teacher with his hand down his pants during a virtual classroom session of a Bowmanville high school last week.

The nine-second clip, which has been viewed by the Toronto Sun, shows the screen of an Apple laptop logged into a virtual classroom for St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School in Bowmanville.

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One of the participants’ video boxes, labelled with the name of a current St. Stephen teacher, shows a man holding a smartphone and balancing an Xbox One controller on his leg, his hand in motion down the front of his pants. His face is not shown.

The video clip has been shared widely on social media.

A letter dated May 2 sent to parents from St. Stephen principal Trevor Poechman said officials were made aware Friday of the video “depicting inappropriate behaviour by a teacher during a break in virtual classroom activities.”

“The school and the board are taking this matter very seriously and have responded appropriately to address the matter,” the letter said.


A spokesperson for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board said they’re unwilling to comment on what action was taken due to privacy concerns, but said a new teacher was immediately assigned to the class in question.

Durham Regional Police told the Sun they’re aware of the video and have assigned an investigator to look into it.

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Homeschooling is commonly used as a way to indoctrinate children into social conservatism.

It's not gonna fly in Ontario unless there are specific, publicly funded qualification criteria that parents must follow in order to become certified teachers.

You would then need to have home teachers regularly submit test results that show they adhered to regulatory standards and curriculum.
Home schoolers have to follow the same curriculum as they do in a "physical" school; they are able to be more flexible though as to how the information is taught. When home schooling, you can't simply teach what you want. Testing is done to confirm the student has learned what he was supposed to just as kids are in class.

The voucher system simply makes it easier for parents to decide where they want their kids to go school, whatever their choice. It's a good system and needs to be an option for parents. The Education corporation doesn't want that, however, because it's likely there would be "competition" for students and that just won't do.
 
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petros

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Home schoolers have to follow the same curriculum as they do in a "physical" school; they are able to be more flexible though as to how the information is taught. When home schooling, you can't simply teach what you want. Testing is done to confirm the student has learned what he was supposed to just as kids are in class.

The voucher system simply makes it easier for parents to decide where they want their kids to go school, whatever their choice. It's a good system and needs to be an option for parents. The Education corporation doesn't want that, however, because it's likely there would be "competition" for students and that just won't do.
This is it: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/grades.html
 
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TDSB suing fire department, police for $90M over York Memorial blaze
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:May 05, 2021 • 25 minutes ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Firefighters and Toronto Police don respirators and masks as Toronto Fire battles a 6 alarm blaze at York Memorial Collegiate Institute in 2019.
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Nearly two years to the day of a massive fire that destroyed York Memorial high school, the Toronto District School Board has filed a $90-million lawsuit.

The suit, filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday, alleges that Toronto’s fire department, police services and the Ontario Fire Marshal did not put the scene under a proper fire watch, which led to the “rekindling” of the earlier smaller fire the next day.


The lawsuit also alleges that incident reports were “modified in an effort to suppress evidence of negligence” by the fire department.

The City of Toronto issued a statement on Wednesday in response.

“The City does not normally comment on matters that are before the courts, but is doing so regarding this matter, after reviewing the unfounded allegations against City staff contained within the TDSB’s claim,” the statement said.

“City staff cooperated fully and professionally in the investigation of the fires at York Memorial Collegiate. Staff took all appropriate steps to preserve evidence, and allegations in the claim that suggest otherwise are patently untrue and irresponsible. It is unconscionable that the TDSB and its insurers would impugn the integrity of Fire Chief Matthew Pegg and other Toronto Fire Services staff in this manner,” read the statement.

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“The City will file its statement of defence with the courts in due course and looks forward to vigorously defending against these allegations.”

The fire occurred in May of 2019 at the 90-year-old school, which was “largely destroyed by fire on May 7.”


The suit alleges that the fire, which was suspected to be arson, was said to be “under control” by Fire Chief Matthew Pegg and the scene was cleared and not secured overnight.

“The TFS did not post a fire watch at the building. The TFS assumed that the fire was out and that a fire watch was not required,” the statement of claim reads.

It is alleged in the suit that for various reasons, including the age of the building and the substances within, “there was a heightened risk of the fire causing a rekindling event.”

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The suit also alleges that Pegg “falsely reported” to the media that the May 7 fire was separate and distinct from the initial blaze a day earlier and that the scene had been properly secured.

It also alleges suppression of evidence that would cast the fire department in a negative light.