Doug Ford is trying to create a crisis in education. He repeatedly talks about how half of Ontario’s students are failing math. This is simply not true. The government is deliberately misleading Ontarians to justify decisions to cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of our education system.
Ontario students are not failing. In almost all areas, student achievement has increased considerably over the past 15 years. The provincial standard for the Grade 6 standardized math test is equivalent to a grade of B. And when we look at international assessments, our students continue to be world leaders in science, literacy, and math. While we support efforts to improve student achievement, evidence shows that the government’s plan to test teacher-candidates will not accomplish this goal.
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We can always strive to do better. But cutting programs and increasing class sizes will not support student learning and achievement. Don’t let the government take away the resources our students need to succeed.