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The US market for standardized student testing is BIG business. Connecting school funding to test scores through legislation has allowed large multinational corporations to cash in on a $2.5 billion industry. That figure may be an underestimate, as testing companies that design and grade tests also sell curriculum to “improve school performance” on the tests. One of the biggest testing companies […]

One of the biggest popular culture cliches around is the horror movie villain that won’t die. The other characters are unaware that the zombie, or the guy in the mask, isn’t really dead, so they let down their guard, opening themselves up for another attack and for gallons of fake blood to be sprayed across the screen. […]

Early Tuesday March 25th, 2014 it was reported that Alberta students would be required to memorize their multiplication tables. A few hours later, when Ontario Education minister Liz Sandals walked into a media scrum at Queen’s Park, she knew what was coming. Reporters wanted to know if Ontario’s Ministry of Education would make a similar change in their approach […]

Like most jurisdictions Ontario has an extensive, systematic curriculum review process. Curriculum is updated on a seven-year cycle designed to ensure that students are learning the required skills and knowledge with the most proven effective methods. The process requires consultation with: Focus groups Subject experts Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education Faculties of Education Employers Parents […]

Over the past 3 weeks I’ve been moderating a Saturday morning twitter chat to provide an online forum for Ontarians to participate in “From Great To Excellent“, the Ontario government’s public consultation into education in the province. The consultation challenges Ontarians to consider 7 Questions and give the government feedback on the about the future of education. […]

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