Standing up for public education in Ontario
Diversity helps kids learn — commercialization helps them learn an agenda, says defender.
According to G. Carothers, privatization policies adversely affect the education students receive by reducing diversity in schools and promoting the corporatization of education.
Carothers argues that "there is a profound lack of smooth integration into the public system," noting that segregating classes, ethnicities, and faiths will not provide the ESL support immigrant students need to succeed.
Moreover, schools send their students obvious marketing messages when they partner with corporate giants, but schools are not the only ones involved. The Investor Learning Center is paid by the Government of Ontario to send its message of embracing change to students. "What kind of change are we teaching students to embrace — managing their future portfolios or funding their future education or their own children's education?" asks Carothers.
"We are currently at a crossroads with public education in Ontario. With the creeping effect of privatization policies that see provincial government cuts to schools we must ask ourselves what this means for the future of public education in Ontario. It is the choice of a parent whether or not they wish to put their child in a private school. This however does not obligate public authorities to fund it."
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Posted: December 20, 2010
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