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Petition to Honourable Mitzie Hunter (Liz Sandals)

Parents would like to see changes to math education in Ontario. We would like a more structured system and a solid foundation in arithmetic and problem-solving.

Our children lack a solid foundation in arithmetic which seriously hinders their ability to be successful in math in the higher grades. When they lack this foundation they are unable to be the competent problem-solvers that constructivism has promised. Constructivism is not working for too many of our children and we are forced to look to tutors and learning centres for this foundation. This is very expensive and creates a two-tier system of education in the province as many people are unable to pay for a tutor. Parents are responsible for helping their children review material, but we are frequently put in the role of math teacher as teachers are unable to complete the math curriculum in school.The texts used in Ontario are very confusing for parents and children and should be much more straight-forward. Children generally need more structure and practice than is provided by these texts. Parents should be in the role of assistants not teachers. Colleges and universities are providing extensive remediation for students and even students with high marks lack the basics and flounder as they progress through the system. They are using calculators at too early an age and seem to slide through the system without really knowing much at all. Math has traditionally been a filter in the later grades, but now children are being filtered out of technical and scientific courses at an early age, the age at which they should be becoming capable and confident.As future careers in science and math are taken from our children at a very early age, EQAO  and PISA scores are showing steady decline.In fact these scores  are actually being kept artificially high because of outside tutoring and parent payments. Parents are not responsible for paying to support EQAO scores. The financial burden for parents is tremendous. Constructivism is failing too many of our children, frustrating far too many parents and has not worked in jurisdictions where it has previously been tried. The system needs serious rethinking. It is our children who are suffering; we are the ones who see that on a daily basis. We are the ones paying out of our own pockets. Our children are not pieces of data to be manipulated, but are real people who are struggling and should be doing much better in a province as wealthy as Ontario. We would like our children to have a solid foundation in arithmetic. This should be thorough and complete and does not preclude problem-solving at all. Structured math and good knowledge of arithmetic does not mean that children cannot be taught to understand nor think. A solid foundation should not be dismissed as rote learning or old-fashioned. It is essential to life in the 21st.century and can lead to thorough understanding, good problem-solving, future opportunity and feelings of competence.                                        Teresa Murray      

Teresa Murray
3,939 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, John Joseph Horgan, Stephen McNeil, Brian Pallister, Rachel notley, Bwright ball, Brian Gallant, Brad Wall, Wade maclauchlan, Edifice rene lesesque, Sandy Silver, Peter taptuna, Bob mcloed

require all provinces & territories to cover 3D-Printing under student bursaries

  3D-Printing is a technology where ideas can last forever & make anything possible 3d-printing is different than traditional manufacturing. It would be suitable for young and older students so we want them to have this opportunity they may of have not otherwise got. They can use digital manufacturing to boost math, science, and engineering. This is a way they can get students interested in these topics.   If we could make it affordable than this could bring amazing opportunities for our youth and everyone's future. It will expose people to other types of manufacturing and one download means the school and students can make as many copies as needed saving schools a lot of money. If even one school board did this imagine what we can let kids do verse their current restrictions. & we ask for this to be covered this like computers under programs like for example in Ontario osap also regarding this technology is currently will open groundbreaking at all schools in even giving them a brighter future in this day & age with technology & additionally with all post secondary students to get their own they can experiment their future & teach them the job skills they need for stem jobs We are asking for 3dprinting to be available in schools. We are asking for post secondary students To get a federal or provincial bursary from Canada. we ask for 3dprinting to be covered by all schools & post secondary students that got federal or provincial bursaries of Canada starting September 2018 or earlier +3dprinting can eliminate 20% of world pollution so it's also a clean tech*image credit: ultimaker 3D-Printing est une technologie où les idées peuvent durer pour toujours et rendre tout possibleL'impression en 3D est différente de la fabrication traditionnelle. Il serait approprié pour les étudiants jeunes et les étudiants plus âgés, donc nous voulons qu'ils aient cette occasion qu'ils pourraient avoir autrement. Ils peuvent utiliser la fabrication numérique pour stimuler les mathématiques, les sciences et l'ingénierie. C'est une façon pour les étudiants d'intéresser ces sujets. sous des programmes comme par exemple dans ontario osapPour ceux qui sont déjà admissibles aux ordinateurs portables Si nous pouvions le rendre abordable, cela pourrait apporter des opportunités incroyables pour nos jeunes et l'avenir de chacun. Il exposera les gens à d'autres types de fabrication et un téléchargement signifie que l'école et les étudiants peuvent faire autant d'exemplaires que nécessaire pour épargner aux écoles beaucoup d'argent. Si même un conseil scolaire a imaginé ce que nous pouvons laisser les enfants faire des vers leurs restrictions actuelles. et nous demandons que cela soit couvert, comme les ordinateurs, il ouvrira des révolutionnaires dans toutes les écoles en leur donnant même un avenir plus brillant à ce jour et à l'âge avec la technologie et, en plus, avec tous les étudiants du postsecondaire pour obtenir leur propre, ils peuvent expérimenter leur avenir & leur enseigner les compétences professionnelles dont ils ont besoin pour les travaux sur les tigesNous demandons que l'impression en 3D soit disponible dans les écoles. Nous demandons aux étudiants postsecondaires d'obtenir une bourse fédérale ou provinciale du Canada.nous demandons que l'impression en 3D soit couverte par toutes les écoles et les étudiants postsecondaires qui ont obtenu des bourses fédérales ou provinciales du Canada à partir de septembre 2018 ou plus tôt + L'impression en 3D peut éliminer 20% de la pollution mondiale, donc c'est aussi une technologie * crédit d'image: uostenker

Tim Postma
16 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Edmonton public school board

Provide ETS Discounts for all EPSB Students

To whom it may concern, As of the 2017/2018 school year, Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) students who live outside of the zone for the school they are attending are required to pay $55 a month for a monthly ETS bus pass or $470 for an annual pass (Sep - June). However, students who live inside the zone, but still 2.4 KM or more away from the school only have to pay $18 a month or $180 for the annual pass. My name is Eric LeFort and I am a grade 12 student at Strathcona High School, currently I am living in the Terwillegar neighbourhood just outside of the zone for Strathcona. I ride two busses almost every day to school, the 36 and the Riverbend School Special. Usually, it takes me just under an hour to reach Strathcona but I do it anyway, because I love the school and the programs available there! Every day, I ride the School Special with my friends, all of whom receive the discount for being in the zone, arguably I spend more time on transit each day than all of them as I have the longest route to take, but I still have to pay the full amount.  Essentially my argument is this: Why does the student who never rides the bus, but lives within the zone for their school receive a discount on their pass, but me and many other students who ride transit almost every day do not? If you agree with me and feel that this is wrong, no matter if you receive the discount or not, please join the cause and sign your name, it would mean a lot to me and all the other students affected by this! A possible solution to this situation, would be to provide the discount for all students, but make it smaller like $30/month! This is just a suggestion however, as I am definitely not knowledgeable regarding the EPSB budget so I cannot provide a perfect solution. I just thought it would be nice to share an idea! I would also like to point out that while reimbursement would be greatly appreciated it is not required, and my main goal is simply to have this decision adjusted to include all EPSB students in the discount for the future. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to read this petition, and have a wonderful day! Eric.                 

Eric Lefort
504 supporters