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Doug ford

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Started 2 months ago

Petition to Government of Ontario, Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce

No Mandatory Math Test for New Ontario Teachers

New teachers in Ontario will have to pass a math test with a score of at least 70% effective March 31, 2020, in order to be able to teach in Ontario. The test will assess candidates' knowledge of grades 3 to 11 math and a third of it will address how to teach math.  The implementation of this test and its timing are detrimental to teacher candidates  across the province. At the time of our application to school, high school math was not a prerequisite for the program, nor was there an established minimum of success in that course for admission to a teacher education program. In addition, teachers college candidates who do not have math as a teachable subject will receive no formal training in math pedagogy, yet the province expects us to know how to do this because it's on the exam. Changing the professional qualifications in the middle of a training program is wrong. This information was not available to us when we applied and may irreparably affect many people who will not pass the math test or those who won't be able to afford to keep retaking it. That's two years and many thousands of dollars people won't get back.  If this math test goes through, there's nothing stopping the provincial government from making more changes to the profession that could drive out more teachers. Remember, it's nearly impossible to succeed in this province or even in this country without an education. Teachers' jobs and contributions are paramount. Sign this petition and force the government to manage the curriculum itself instead of blaming teachers for doing what the Ministry mandates. There's no reason a kindergarten teacher needs grade 11 math to teach children who are just starting school, just like there's no need for French teachers to understand calculus to teach French. There's already a shortage of French teachers; creating more barriers to staffing is hardly effective. Students' EQAO math scores are dropping; this is a direct result of the math curriculum, not because existing teachers are doing a poor job. The provincial government needs to go to the root of the problem, not just blame its teachers. Instituting a math test for teacher accreditation will not magically result in increased scores; only an effective curriculum can do that.

Bella Lewkowicz
3,544 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to A consensus of affected parties within the Ontarian electorate (In compliance with Federal law), Justin Trudeau

Doug Ford should be publicly caned on the Queen's park lawn.

A Modest proposal of sorts:The first months of Doug Ford's disturbingly irresponsible tenure as premier of Ontario have already caused a great deal of suffering by way of a number of disastrous motions that continue to devastate the province's general populace and compromise Ontario's overall well-being. A very few such examples are as follows:1) Cancelling the cap-and-trade green energy act (a callously neglectful move that nullifies efforts to regulate Greenhouse emissions from major polluters)2) Halting the safe injection site initiative (Another blunder that nullifies what would have been a life-saving endeavor for many Ontarian's struggling with Opioid Addiction)3) Rolling back Pharmacare (Compromising the access of thousands of Canadians to much needed medications. Once again, a potentially life threatening state of affairs for those affected.)4) Cutting $25 Million in funding for specialized school programs. (including “programs that provide after-school jobs for needy-teens, classroom tutors for kids, ‘student success’ supports for racialized youth as well as a project focusing on Indigenous issues.”) 5) Cancelling rent control (Compromising the well-being of thousands of Ontarians, particularly low income individuals and families)But why a caning? It is clear that any given activity that Premier Ford performs in a political capacity is liable to serve as a very credible threat to the lives and well-being of Ontario citizens, particularly marginalized groups such as the homeless, Indigenous Canadians, ethnic minorities, the impoverished, the drug addicted, the mentally ill and the LGBTQ community. In the short term, a mildly debilitating caning of his buttocks will impede him from entering his office, providing a short period of respite from any would-be initiatives that would further damage the lives of Ontario's populace. Is it legal?Here, from the Criminal Code of Canada Section 34, is the self-defense provision in view: 34 (1) A person is not guilty of an offence if(a) they believe on reasonable grounds that force is being used against them or another person or that a threat of force is being made against them or another person;(b) the act that constitutes the offence is committed for the purpose of defending or protecting themselves or the other person from that use or threat of force; and(c) the act committed is reasonable in the circumstances. As the aforementioned list of disastrous initiatives by Ford demonstrates, there is a perfectly credible risk of the Premier's political endeavors, unimpeded, resulting in both mental and physical injury to a not insignificant portion of Ontario's populace. A disruptive caning of his buttocks would certainly constitute an offence committed for the purpose of defending people from a threat of force.  We ask that the Canadian Federal Government agree that a pre-emptive caning maintains compliance with Section 34 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

David Mark Levy
103 supporters