Preparing students for jobs that have not yet been created?

From the Action Canada website:

Education systems in most industrial societies have historically focused on the direct instruction of facts and methods. However, this model of information delivery has changed substantially as a result of new technologies that enable unprecedented access to knowledge and information. In this context, the role for education systems is no longer as dispensers of knowledge, but rather facilitators of learning. In order to ensure that Canadians are resilient in the face of rapid change, education systems must be adapted to “prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don’t yet know will arise.” To do so requires a paradigm shift in which teaching students answers gives way to teaching them how to ask the right questions, evaluate information critically, and communicate effectively.

Read the full report here.

Does the Ministry of Education understand and support this? Do our school boards? Do our schools?

I know we have a lot of people in our board who understand. But are we giving them all the tools they need to deliver on this massive change? Something to work on and move forward this last year of my mandate.

Truly,

Steve

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Virtual Field Trips

Google has been amazing with its offers for Education. The fact that they have given so much has also pushed others to up their game – Microsoft now has Office 365 free for students, in order to compete with Google Apps for Education.

But with Google+, Google has an offer beyond everyone else.  And they’ve upped it yet again – check out Google’s Virtual Field Trips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDwEjqkgwyI

Neat stuff.

Truly,

Steve

 

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The state of this province

On Tous le Monde en Parle last night, PQ Minister Réjean Hébert showed his great concern that patients in hospitals should be free from the worry of their Doctor or Nurse wearing a hijab.

The idea that *this* is his priority, when Quebec hospitals and healthcare in general is in such a poor state? It’s pathetic. Time for an election and time to kick these sad clowns out.

“Those ostentatious symbols create a distance, and they could cause certain problems in the relationship between the nurse, the doctor and the patient, and that’s what should be avoided,” he said.

Read the story on The Montreal Gazette here.

Personally, I’m interested in educated, highly competent people who care about their patients. The idea that this government is actually concerned about their religion, or what they wear? 

Holy crap, this is ignorance beyond compare.

Aha! This is why the keep cutting money from education! Long term effort to expand their base! Keep ‘em ignorant! I get it now…  they’re brilliant. Uh huh.

Truly,

Steve

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Not a great fan of Diane Ravitch, but this note on the “Common Core” is something we should understand

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/10/19/why-school-reform-fails/

Diane Ravitch has gone a little overboard with her seeming endless hate for “school reform” and the role private business might play in it, but this note from a Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry presents exactly why a strict adherence to the “Common Core” is not the right path to follow.

Though the term “Common Core” is mainly associated with the USA these days, we too follow a similar path with age based groupings and the hugely specific benchmarks defined by MELS for what each student should have mastered at any given point.

I don’t know who he is, but he’s right.

Truly,

Steve

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When schools are open, and welcoming…

It’s interesting to read this press release from our PQ government from just last week, recognizing that when schools are perceived to be more open and welcoming, parents get more involved.

And when parents are more involved in their children’s education, their children end up being better students.

How is this new proposed “Charter of Values” going to affect the openness and the welcoming atmosphere of our schools? I don’t see how it can help, but I *do* see how it will hurt.

Truly,

Steve

 

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Just to be clear…

… Mme Marois is actually responding to the fairly aggressive demands of both the French & English school board associations to meet, as quickly as possible.

http://communiques.gouv.qc.ca/gouvqc/communiques/GPQF/Septembre2013/11/c6400.html

She is under a lot of pressure to speak the truth about these tax increases.  Let’s see what she comes out with after this meeting.

NOT ONE PENNY MORE TO SCHOOLS OR SCHOOL BOARDS.  Just more tax to the Quebec government – that’s what this school tax increase is delivering.

Truly,

Steve

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A meeting with Pauline Marois about school taxes

Apparently, Pauline Marois is interested in calling a little meeting for Quebec’s school boards and herself.

Video & story here.

There is nothing I would like more, but sadly, there is likely only vapour behind her hypocritical “tough talk”.  Mme Marois somehow has the gall to suggest that School Board’s have done something wrong, in instituting the forced tax increases that she herself has put in motion.

«Je suis tellement mécontente de la façon dont ont travaillé les commissions scolaires, on a un petit rendez-vous elles et moi et on va avoir une petite discussion sur cette question. Les citoyens ont raison d’être mécontents», a fustigé la première ministre.

There is ONE REASON school boards have raised taxes this year. Because the PQ Government forced us to.  PERIOD.  We are simply the tax collector here for Mme Marois’ Government. Not ONE additional penny is going to the School Board or to our schools. For her to suggest anything else is simply tripe.

Well done, Mme Marois. I didn’t think I could hold this Government in any more contempt. You managed to eke some more out of me.

Truly,

Steve

 

 

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