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In 2016, the Ontario government promised the province’s schools would teach all students about residential schools and add more Indigenous perspectives into the provincial curriculum. The newly elected Conservative government has scrapped those plans. Library and Archives Canada

Nixing plans to add Indigenous content to Ontario curriculum is a travesty

Ontario's move to ignore the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to add Indigenous content to its history and social studies curriculum is foolish and dangerous.
In their early years, children have the ability to accurately produce all sounds of all languages, to mimic a near-perfect accent, which makes it an optimal time for learning a second language. Shutterstock

Learning languages early is key to making Australia more multilingual

Learning languages early makes multilingualism “normal” in classrooms and playgrounds, and builds curiosity and even modest mastery.
There are now several new gate-keeping measures to test teacher quality introduced by universities in the last two to three years. Shutterstock

Why we need to review how we test for teacher quality

Australia's decline in PISA rankings and criticisms of NAPLAN tell us we should also be looking at how we assess teacher quality.
The programs are long and intense, the creativity and relationships aspect of the vocation has been eroded, there is pervasive negativity in the media, and comparatively poor salary and working conditions. Shutterstock

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

There's been a drop in the number of people enrolling in teacher preparation courses. This is due to problems such as pay, professional autonomy, and a national obsession with standardised testing.
Currently, only 10% of teachers in primary education are male. Shutterstock

We need to support more men to become primary teachers

It has been predicted we will need 1,627 more classes for primary students nationally before 2025, and to respond to this demand we need to fix the gender imbalance in the teacher workforce.
Head teachers in the UK argue teachers and children benefit from school holidays as it motivates them to work harder during the term. Shutterstock

Should we shorten the long summer break from school? Maybe not

While cutting the long summer holidays would help working parents, it may not be so great for teachers who need to plan and do professional development, and kids who need a rest.
Many college students who take calculus fail to earn a C or better. Could ‘active learning’ help turn things around? pixabay

Why colleges must change how they teach calculus

Each year large numbers of college students drop plans to become engineers or scientists because of poor performance in calculus. A new 'active learning' approach could help turn things around.
A statue of John A. Macdonald is shown covered in red paint in Montreal in November 2017. Canada’s first Prime MInister, he has been criticized for his treatment of Indigenous peoples and attitudes towards those of Chinese origin. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Why history education is central to the survival of democracy

In a time of populism and political polarization, children and young adults need to learn to think critically, with complexity and nuance. History, as a subject, is more important than ever.

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