What happens when winter comes

The school system in Ontario is undergoing changes. A target of 90% graduation has been established for high schools. This is commendable. But extra efforts mean extra expense and there is a push for quantity over quality. There is a real cost to this. This blog points that out with the analogy of not preparing for winter.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Video Playback of UCDSB World's Largest School Council Meeting

Video Playback of UCDSB World's Largest School Council Meeting

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(05/04/2010) 
6:48

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Hello Everyone

Welcome to the World's Largest School Council Meeting. We will be officially starting the meeting in approximately 10 minutes.



Tuesday May 4, 2010 6:48 


6:54

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Hello Everyone

Three minutes until the start of the meeting.
Tuesday May 4, 2010 6:54 
7:14

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[Comment From Maryke Dykstra Maryke Dykstra : ] 

Why do we not retain children when they are not doing well in their Grade level? We continue to move the children forward as they continue to struggle.
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:14 Maryke Dykstra


7:19

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Will the goal of a 90 per cent graduation rate diminish the value of a high school diploma?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:19 
7:22

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[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 

How is the UCDSB developing a positive attitude toward lifelong learning?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:22 Guest


7:23

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[Comment From Elaine Edwards Elaine Edwards : ] 

Why do we continue to cut resources such as EAs and LRCs?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:23 Elaine Edwards
7:23

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[Comment From Maxville Maxville : ] 

If we need parent involvement...most parents were educated under a different perspective of teaching. What can we do to help parents help their children prepare for the 21st century and become creative thinkers?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:23 Maxville


7:25

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[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 

What other measurable goals do you have other than 90% ? It seems too narrow. Should we not also have targets for university gradations too ?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:25 Guest
7:26

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[Comment From mr. khadra mr. khadra : ] 

What does Upper Canada have to compete with schools in other countries such as India China, Japan, etc.?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:26 mr. khadra


7:27

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[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 

What about those students who will not be able to obtain a diploma i.e. our students with special needs
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:27 Guest
7:30

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[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 

Why are cell phones more important than textbooks?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:30 Guest


7:32

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[Comment From Alison Wilson/FoY Alison Wilson/FoY : ] 

Comment: There is no doubt that technology is taking over as a way of 'learning' - but, not necessarily of 'success'. I'm really interested to see your research of skills gap, and 7c skills, and century approach - all imply the necessity for 'people/family engagement' as a more visible factor of success, over that of technology . It's a very delicate mix. So to make our/my child's experience even 'grander' - requires not only up to date technology, but most importantly - human engagement. I think that this is an extremely important, and sometimes forgotten, factor (virture) that you need to convey to parents/guaradians. An empathetic teacher/staffmember is ideal, but it goes so much beyond the classroom.
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:32 Alison Wilson/FoY
7:34

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[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 

How does the provincial education funding formula insure an equal education for rural students that prepares our students to compete at the highest academic level?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:34 Guest


7:35

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[Comment From Cornwall FOS Cornwall FOS : ] 

In those schools that have a 90% graduation rate, how have the School Councils supported this success?
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:35 Cornwall FOS
7:36

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[Comment From Kim Schryburt-Brown Kim Schryburt-Brown : ] 

I would like to speak to the full day kindergarten/"Ready 2 Learn" programs. There is a lack of information filtering from the UCDSB to the various stakeholders (E.g parents, child care providers) on the progress of these programs. Is R2L going to preclude full day programs? Which schools are being considered next? As a parent of a child who will enter JK in 2011, I am facing having him start JK and change child care providers at the same time. We need good information to make good decisions, and I am looking to you to provide information on your plans to us.
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:36 Kim Schryburt-Brown


7:40

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[Comment From Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell : ] 

Should students be tested for abilities and inclinations to help both the school and parents develops those interests and focus their studies and education.
Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:40 Norman Rockwell

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