While some students and teachers appear glad to see their peers face to face, others have lingering fears that the pandemic isn’t over.
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Only 12 Toronto high schools improved their scores from recent years, according to the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools.
A half hour before students start lining up for their lunch at the City Adult Learning Centre, O’Shane Campbell starts grilling chicken. He flips them, then coats them with his favourite Caribbean spicy jerk sauce. While the chicken cooks, Campbell prepares dessert for his fellow students. He gets an adrenaline rush when he turns on the valve and allows gas to go through the flex-hoses and into the burner. Co-op teacher Anna Manuel is supervising. “Don’t forget. Do not be monochromatic. We don’t want our food or desserts to be dull. We want some colour,” Manuel said.
Apparently, money can buy you everything. Now up for grabs in Ontario: a brand-spanking-new education that parents can buy for their children. At least that’s what they think, as Ontario youth herd to high school “credit mills,” trading money for marks.
The Toronto public and Catholic school boards want this year’s Christmas break to start later. The boards are seeking the provincial government’s approval to make Dec. 23 the last day of school for 2011. Students would return Jan. 9 after a two-week period. Currently, the school boards have Dec. 16 and Jan. 2 as the last and first days.
A Toronto councillor believes that young people with money managing skills lead fuller lives.
The Minister of Education is raving about the success of the full-day kindergarten but at least one teacher is not happy with the new system.
The start of all-day kindergarten in Ontario’s schools this month has some educators excited about the added teaching time despite the added strain to the system.
Reading is not always an easy skill for children to learn. For many immigrant families, helping their children learn to read becomes even more difficult.