People for Education is a unique organization in Canada: independent, non-partisan, and fueled by a belief in the power and promise of public education. We create evidence, instigate dialogue, and build links so that people can see – and act on – the connection between public education and a fair and prosperous society.
Why public education?
At our annual conference, we asked participants and speakers to answer the question "Why public education?"
Here is what they had to say.
Our response to the education consultations
Ontario’s Ministry of Education is engaging in province-wide consultations on a range of issues. Our response focuses on three areas: standardized testing; preparing students for the future; and the health curriculum.
Education Funding Consultation
Ministry seeking input on funding for the 2019/20 school year
The Ministry of Education is seeking input on education funding for the next school year “as a starting point for education funding reform.” The invitation letter indicates that this consultation is in line with the government’s goal of seeking “greater accountability and value for money as part of its line-by-line review of government expenditures.”
The Ministry has identified four areas of focus for this consultation:
- Efficient price setting
- Outcomes-based funding
- Accountability and value-for-money
- Other education funding efficiencies
Thank you for coming to Making Connections 2018!
Thank you very much to everyone who came out to our conference on Saturday. It was a fantastic day of learning and making connections. Special thanks to our amazing speakers, dedicated volunteers, and conference sponsors - the Ontario Principals' Council, Scholastic Education, and Meridian Credit Union.
In November 2018, the Ministry of Education asked for input on education funding for the 2019/20 school year, to help the province "find efficiencies and improve accountability". This is People for Education's response.
Singapore, one of the world’s highest-ranked education systems, is implementing changes that will “encourage individuals to concentrate on their own learning development,” and reduce the emphasis on rote-learning, student ranking, and exam preparation.
It’s in the public education system itself where hope lies. It is only through systemic change that we can ensure that young people are gaining the skills they will need for the future.
PFE in the news
The St. Thomas Times-Journal: Will rural push to break away from Thames Valley District school board gain traction?
Elgin County is exploring the possibility of forming its own county school board.
Shelley Moore has used her experience, both as a teacher and a person with a learning disability, to guide other teachers in how to support children with complex and diverse needs.
CBC News interviewed participants at People for Education's 2018 conference about education policy and funding in Ontario.
Annie Kidder's 2018 convocation address at York University
In a moving convocation address to York University’s Faculty of Education, Annie Kidder stressed the importance of the teaching profession and how teachers must bring their humanity to the job.