Dropping the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) this spring is an easy way to lessen the pandemic recovery burden on students and educators.
Let’s not burden 15-year-old students with a low-value test that does a poor job of evaluating learning.
The complexity of student experiences can be lost in larger groups.
Grade 4 student Charlene seemed chronically off-task – until an educator noticed she was, in fact, the sole student pursuing the question, ‘Was the oil boom bad for our wildlife?’
Montreal-born pianist Oscar Peterson waves after playing at the Montreal Forum in July 1984. The Coalition for Music Education is inviting schools and communities across Canada to sing “Hymn To Freedom,” written by Peterson and Harriette Hamilton, on Music Monday 2019, a day to celebrate music.
(CP/Jean F. Leblanc)
What kind of students are we raising when music is seen as a “frill?” The decision to drastically cut music education is a misguided policy.
Even when teachers are supporting specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia), it’s important to expand boys’ repertoire of positive reading experiences.
Moving away from direct instruction and teaching to the test and towards making sure boys enjoy reading will improve outcomes.
Offering cash incentives for school performance seems like a good idea, but there are a lot of unwanted consequences.
If there is one iron law of economics it is this: people respond to incentives. Offer an “all you can eat” buffet and people eat a lot. Double the demerit points for speeding on a holiday weekend and fewer…